Non-market use and non-use values for preserving ecosystem services over time: A choice experiment application to coral reef ecosystems in New Caledonia

Type Article
Date 2015-03
Language English
Author(s) Marre Jean-Baptiste1, 4, 5, Brander Luke2, Thebaud OlivierORCID3, Boncoeur Jean1, Pascoe Sean4, Coglan Louisa5, Pascal Nicolas6
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ Bretagne Occidentale, UMR AMURE, F-29238 Brest, France.
2 : Brander Ltd, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Peoples R China.
3 : IFREMER, UMR AMURE, ZI Pointe Diable, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
4 : CSIRO Wealth Oceans Flagship Marine & Atmospher R, Brisbane, Qld, Australia.
5 : Queensland Univ Technol, Sch Econ & Finance, Brisbane, Qld 4001, Australia.
6 : Ctr Rech Insulaire & Observ Environm CRIOBE, Lab Excellence CORAIL USR CNRS EPHE 3278, Moorea, Fr Polynesia.
Source Ocean & Coastal Management (0964-5691) (Elsevier Sci Ltd), 2015-03 , Vol. 105 , P. 1-14
DOI 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2014.12.010
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Keyword(s) Discrete choice experiment, Ecosystem services valuation, Non-use values, Time decay, Willingness to pay
Abstract Non-use values (i.e. economic values assigned by individuals to ecosystem goods and services unrelated to current or future uses) provide one of the most compelling incentives for the preservation of ecosystems and biodiversity. Assessing the non-use values of non-users is relatively straightforward using stated preference methods, but the standard approaches for estimating non-use values of users (stated decomposition) have substantial shortcomings which undermine the robustness of their results. In this paper, we propose a pragmatic interpretation of non-use values to derive estimates that capture their main dimensions, based on the identification of a willingness to pay for ecosystem protection beyond one's expected life. We empirically test our approach using a choice experiment conducted on coral reef ecosystem protection in two coastal areas in New Caledonia with different institutional, cultural, environmental and socio-economic contexts. We compute individual willingness to pay estimates, and derive individual non-use value estimates using our interpretation. We find that, a minima, estimates of non-use values may comprise between 25 and 40% of the mean willingness to pay for ecosystem preservation, less than has been found in most studies.
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Marre Jean-Baptiste, Brander Luke, Thebaud Olivier, Boncoeur Jean, Pascoe Sean, Coglan Louisa, Pascal Nicolas (2015). Non-market use and non-use values for preserving ecosystem services over time: A choice experiment application to coral reef ecosystems in New Caledonia. Ocean & Coastal Management, 105, 1-14. Publisher's official version : https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2014.12.010 , Open Access version : https://archimer.ifremer.fr/doc/00244/35564/