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Choice Experiments Informing Environmental Policy

Choice Experiments Informing Environmental Policy

A European Perspective

New Horizons in Environmental Economics series

Edited by Ekin Birol and Phoebe Koundouri

This innovative book is a compilation of state-of-the-art choice experiment studies undertaken in several European Union (EU) countries, including Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom. The case studies presented concern a variety of environmental, agricultural and natural resource issues – such as the management of water resources, forests and agricultural landscapes; conservation of biodiversity and cultural heritage; noise pollution reduction and food labeling. The book highlights how the choice experiment method can be employed to inform efficient and effective design and implementation of various EU level agricultural and environmental policies and directives, including the Common Agricultural Policy, Water Framework Directive, Forestry Strategy, Habitats Directive and food labeling systems.

Chapter 12: Using the Choice Experiment Method to Inform River Management in Poland: Flood Risk Reduction versus Habitat Conservation in the Upper Silesia Region

Ekin Birol, Phoebe Koundouri and Yiannis Kountouris

Subjects: economics and finance, behavioural and experimental economics, environmental economics, valuation, environment, environmental economics, valuation


12. Using the choice experiment method to inform river management in Poland: flood risk reduction versus habitat conservation in the Upper Silesia Region Ekin Birol, Phoebe Koundouri and Yiannis Kountouris INTRODUCTION The Upper Silesia Region of Poland is susceptible to flooding as a result of centuries long mining activities in this area, which have significantly changed its landscape. The social, economic and environmental costs of imminent flooding in this region are expected to be very high. The economic costs of the floods of 1997 and 2001, for example, are estimated to be in the region of one billion USD (Brakenridge et al., 1997; 2001). As a result of global climate change, the frequency and extent of floods and their corresponding economic costs are expected to increase in the near future, not just in Poland but also in the other EU countries (Nicholls et al., 1999). Consequently, the EU has become more involved in flood risk reduction, aiming to direct funds to projects and policies to alleviate flooding risk in several flood prone areas of member countries, including the Upper Silesia Region of Poland, the case study in this chapter. Land deformation caused by the mining industry and the subsequent floods has had another consequence. Unique ecological habitats have been formed in the flooded areas, harbouring important biodiversity riches, which should be conserved, according to the ecologists. In addition to the various economic values that these biodiversity-rich areas generate (see for example, Pearce and Moran, 1994; Bennett, 2003), they are...

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