Protecting the Booroolong Frog in the Namoi Catchment: A Cost-Benefit Analysis
Crawford School of Public Policy; PERC - Property and Environment Research Center
Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy
March 1, 2011
Crawford School Research Paper
Environmental Economics Research Hub Research Paper No. 101
The Booroolong frog project in the Namoi Catchment represents an environmental investment to protect the species and around 10.7 kilometres of its habitat in the catchment. The project’s benefit-cost ratio (BCR) of 8.6 indicates that the benefits outweigh the costs by a significant margin. The measures introduced by landholders, at relatively low cost, should therefore result in a significant return on investment upon project completion in 10 years time. The benefits are estimated using a choice modelling study which was recently developed for the valuation of investment in natural resource management in the Namoi Catchment. As this is a largely ex ante cost-benefit analysis, the BCR is subject to uncertainty associated with assumptions which had to be made for some variables. However, sensitivity analysis indicates that the project benefits outweigh the costs by a significant margin even under conservative conditions.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 20
Keywords: Cost-Benefit Analysis, Benefit-Cost Ratio, Choice Modelling, Booroolong Frog, Namoi Catchment
Date posted: August 10, 2011
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