Factors affecting public participation in river ecosystem restoration: using the contingent valuation method

Alam, Khorshed (2013) Factors affecting public participation in river ecosystem restoration: using the contingent valuation method. Journal of Developing Areas, 47 (1). pp. 223-240. ISSN 0022-037X


Understanding public support for ecosystem restoration is critical to its successful implementation because the sustainability of sound resource management is rooted in stakeholders' support. The contingent valuation method was used to measure participants' willingness to contribute, both in the form of money and time, to the restoration of an impaired river ecosystem. Data for this research was collected from the adult population of Dhaka City, located in the dying Buriganga River catchment. A study on the hypothetical restoration of this vulnerable urban river in Bangladesh showed that this new approach to framing the valuation questions generated greater contribution from the community. This approach was found suitable in the developing country setting where many of the participants 'disposable income' did not reflect their real earnings as the labour market was not fully monetized. This research finds strong support among residents for, and willingness to participate in, the restoration of the impaired ecosystem. The results from the logistic regression lend support to the hypothesis that a significant relationship exists between residents' willingness to participate in restoration and their socio-demographic and perceptional characteristics. The information generated from this study will be helpful for better understanding the planning and implementation of ecosystem restoration strategies.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source. Author retains copyright.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 24 May 2013 00:36
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2014 03:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: Buriganga River; contingent valuation method; logit regression model; public participation; river ecosystem restoration
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140205 Environment and Resource Economics
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management
05 Environmental Sciences > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050102 Ecosystem Function
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960611 Urban Water Evaluation (incl. Water Quality)
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9612 Rehabilitation of Degraded Environments > 961208 Rehabilitation of Degraded Urban and Industrial Environments
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1353/jda.2013.0008
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22904

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