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Local communities’ valuation of environmental amenities aroundthe Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in Southern Africa
Department of Economics and Econometrics, Public and Environmental Economics Research Centre (PEERC), University of Johannesburg.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Social Sciences.
Number of Authors: 2
2016 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy, ISSN 2160-6544, E-ISSN 2160-6552Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This paper seeks to examine how communities value a variety of drylandenvironmental amenities provided by the Kgalagadi Transfontier Parkwhere there is an interest in limiting their access, both in order to protectthe environment and in order to make it more attractive for tourists. Thisis done using a choice experiment, which targeted households in theKgalagadi area. The values placed on environmental amenities byindigenous communities are estimated using a conditional logit model, arandom parameter logit model and a random parameter logit model withinteractions. The results show that local communities would prefer gettingincreased grazing opportunities and bush food collection. This is animportant policy issue in itself, and it also ties in well with on-goingdiscussions on how to compensate (or at least attach reasonable costestimates to) losses to local communities linked to environmentalpreservation policies. 

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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-60010DOI: 10.1080/21606544.2016.1240631OAI: diva2:1040651
Available from: 2016-10-28 Created: 2016-10-28 Last updated: 2016-12-03

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