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the non-market valuation of wetland restoration and retention in Manitoba Open Access


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wetlands, non-market valuation, contingent valuation, willingness-to-pay, Manitoba
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University of Alberta
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Pattison, John Karl
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Peter C. Boxall (Rural Economy)
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Wiktor Adamowicz (Rural Economy)
Lee Foote (Renewable Resources)
Rural Economy

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Wetland loss is a concern in Canada, with significant loss in urban and agricultural areas. Due to their provision of ecological goods and services - water quality improvement, carbon sequestration, flood and erosion control and biodiversity - wetlands are an important natural resource to conserve. A stated preference CVM survey was designed to estimate the non-market values of wetland in the prairie pothole region of Manitoba. This included information on benefits and costs associated with wetland restoration, a referendum portion and a debriefing section. A rigorous design procedure was followed that included several public focus groups and pre-tests. Results from 1,980 individuals indicate that respondents are willing to pay to retain and restore wetlands. Conservative willingness to pay estimates placed between $290 (retention) and $360 (full restoration) per household per year. Aggregated to the entire province over a five year period, this increases to approximately $600 and $730 million, respectively.
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