Are wolves driving willingness to pay for large carnivores?: Wolves as a symbol for people’s willingness to pay for large carnivore conservation
2008 (English)In: Society & Natural Resources, ISSN 0894-1920, E-ISSN 1521-0723, Vol. 21, no 4, 294-309 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
A successful implementation of a mammalian conservation policy requires knowledge of how people value animals. Little is known about how people value large carnivores. The discussion is therefore dominated by people's perception of wolves. In a mail survey (65% response rate) we asked persons residing in areas with populations of wolves, bears, lynx, and wolverines whether they were willing to pay to reach the national conservation goals for those species. We compared 69 Swedish counties with a representative national sample of Swedes living outside the areas with large carnivores. We found that the behavioral intention willingness to pay (WTP) was negatively related to the presence of wolves, to the urban profile, and to opposition against the European Union Monetary Union. We encourage future studies to compare national surveys with local samples in controversial issues to discover conflicting views among national, regional, and local natural resource management stakeholders.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 21, no 4, 294-309 p.
brown bears, Canis lupus, carnivore conservation, experience, Gulo gulo, local scale, Lynx lynx, NIMBY, rural symbol, urban, Ursus arctos, willingness to pay, wolverines, wolves
Research subject Economics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-64416DOI: 10.1080/08941920701861266OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-64416DiVA: diva2:601161