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Subject/Keyword
Environment
Economics
Wetlands
Agriculture
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Novak, Lucas L.
Supervisor and department
Boxall, Peter (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
Examining committee member and department
Wichmann, Bruno (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
Boxall, Peter (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
An, Henry (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
Rude, James (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
Department
Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology
Specialization
Agricultural and Resource Economics
Date accepted
2017-08-17T08:58:50Z
Graduation date
2017-11:Fall 2017
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Since European settlement of the Canadian Prairies there has been substantial loss of wetlands. This loss occurs in large part due to drainage by private agricultural operators seeking to boost the productivity of their land. Policy makers now seek not only to conserve wetlands and prevent drainage but also to restore drained wetlands where possible. The purpose of this thesis is to assess whether or not a reverse auction could be a useful policy mechanism for securing drained wetland basins where restoration can take place. Ducks Unlimited Canada conducted a single round, uniform price auction in the Wintering Hills area of Wheatland County, Alberta. The results of this auction are compared to a similar auction conducted in Saskatchewan in 2009. In general we find that while reverse auctions are time consuming and potentially expensive, they do have the potential to secure drained basins for restoration and could therefor be used as a policy instrument for wetland restoration in the future.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R34M91Q7X
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This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private, scholarly or scientific research. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
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