Tropical Forest Conservation: Attitudes and Preferences

Forest Policy and Economics, Vol. 12, No. 5, pp. 370-376, June 2010

26 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2009 Last revised: 22 Jan 2012

Andrea Baranzini

University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland - Geneva School of Business Administration

Anne-Kathrin Faust

Geneva School of Business Administration - Haute Ecole de Gestion (HEG) de Genève, University of Applied Sciences, Western Switzerland (HES SO)

David Huberman

Economics and Environment Programme

Date Written: July 9, 2009

Abstract

This paper applies contingent valuation to assess public awareness of tropical deforestation; to investigate the willingness to pay (WTP) to conserve tropical forests; and to determine the impact of the payment vehicle on the stated willingness to pay. About 3/4 of respondents state that they have already heard about tropical deforestation and biodiversity. People rank carbon storage as the most important contribution of tropical forests, followed by biodiversity and support to local communities. The mean stated WTP is about CHF 110.- per year. All other things being equal, the stated WTP is about 24% higher for a tax payment vehicle compared to a voluntary payment. Education and income have a positive impact on WTP. WTP is also higher when the respondent judge that the main contribution of tropical forest is towards biodiversity.

Keywords: Tropical forest, Contingent valuation, Willingness-to-pay

JEL Classification: Q23, Q51

Suggested Citation

Baranzini, Andrea and Faust, Anne-Kathrin and Huberman, David, Tropical Forest Conservation: Attitudes and Preferences (July 9, 2009). Forest Policy and Economics, Vol. 12, No. 5, pp. 370-376, June 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1431951 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1431951

Andrea Baranzini (Contact Author)

University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland - Geneva School of Business Administration ( email )

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Anne-Kathrin Faust

Geneva School of Business Administration - Haute Ecole de Gestion (HEG) de Genève, University of Applied Sciences, Western Switzerland (HES SO) ( email )

CH-1227 Geneva
Switzerland

David Huberman

Economics and Environment Programme ( email )

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Gland, Canton de Vaud 1196
Switzerland
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0229990002 (Fax)

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