Improving the Cost-Effectiveness of Ecosystem Management: An Application to Waterfowl Production

Posted: 23 Jul 2007  

Benjamin S. Rashford

University of Wyoming - College of Agriculture

Richard M. Adams

Oregon State University - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Abstract

Species conservation is an important global policy issue. The design of cost-effective species conservation programs requires resource managers to choose from a suite of conservation activities and sites. This article determines cost-effective conservation strategies for waterfowl using a bioeconomic modeling framework, which is developed using a biological simulation model for waterfowl and regression analysis. The model accounts for (a) a broad range of land-use and direct wildlife conservation activities, (b) the effect of landscape heterogeneity, and (c) interactions between conservation activities. Results indicate that accounting for the three factors listed above can improve the cost-effectiveness of waterfowl conservation on agricultural land.

Suggested Citation

Rashford, Benjamin S. and Adams, Richard M., Improving the Cost-Effectiveness of Ecosystem Management: An Application to Waterfowl Production. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 89, No. 3, pp. 755-768, August 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1002133 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8276.2007.00984.x

Benjamin S. Rashford (Contact Author)

University of Wyoming - College of Agriculture ( email )

Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
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Laramie, WY 82071-3354
United States
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Richard M. Adams

Oregon State University - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics ( email )

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Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
United States
541-737-1435 (Phone)

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