The Case for International Payments for Ecosystem Services
Edited by Joshua Bishop and Chloe Hill
Chapter 4: Household demand for international ecosystem services: a Swiss case study
● A contingent valuation survey conducted in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2007 showed that almost three-quarters of respondents ranked carbon storage as the most important contribution of tropical forests, followed by biodiversity maintenance/conservation, and then natural resource provision to local communities. ● Participants in the survey indicated that developed countries should contribute the most to the financing of tropical forests conservation and the ecosystem services they provide. Respondents also expressed a relatively high willingness to pay to support such conservation efforts. ● A majority of respondents indicated that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the United Nations should preferably manage any conservation funds collected via the payment vehicles proposed. ● Citizens who attached a high importance to biodiversity conservation expressed a willingness to contribute more to a proposed international forest conservation programme. ● The same association was not observed with respect to the ecosystem service of carbon sequestration, suggesting that Geneva citizens were more sensitive to the biodiversity benefits of forest conservation projects.
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