Valuing Complex Natural Resource Systems
Show Less

Valuing Complex Natural Resource Systems

The Case of the Lagoon of Venice

Edited by Anna Alberini, Paolo Rosato and Margherita Turvani

In complex natural resource systems, modifications or disruptions tend to affect many and diverse components of the ecological system, settlements and groups of people. This book uses the Lagoon of Venice – a unique natural resource, wildlife habitat, centre of cultural heritage and recreational site – as an example of one such system that has been heavily affected by human activities, including the harvesting of natural resources and industrial production. The contributors explore the Lagoon’s potential for regeneration, examining public policies currently under consideration. The aim of these policies is to restore island coastlines and marshes, fish stocks, habitat and environmental quality, defend morphology and landscape through the strict control of fishing practices, and to protect the islands from high tides.
Buy Book in Print
Show Summary Details
You do not have access to this content

Chapter 4: Using Contingent Valuation to Value the Island of S. Erasmo in the Lagoon of Venice

Anna Alberini, Paolo Rosato, Alberto Longo and Valentina Zanatta


Anna Alberini, Paolo Rosato, Alberto Longo and Valentina Zanatta 4.1 INTRODUCTION This chapter reports on a contingent valuation study eliciting willingness to pay (WTP) for a public programme to improve environmental quality, both directly and indirectly, via construction of infrastructure on and around the island of S. Erasmo in the Lagoon of Venice. S. Erasmo, one of the largest islands in the Lagoon of Venice, is affected by severe coastal erosion problems, degraded environmental quality, and a lack of infrastructure and services. We wish to elicit willingness to pay for the population of (broadly defined) beneficiaries of the programme, so our survey was administered over the telephone to a sample of residents of the Veneto Region. Information about willingness to pay for the programme was elicited using dichotomous-choice questions in a referendum format. Our survey respondents were told about a hypothetical public programme that would, if passed by a majority vote, restore beaches, implement erosion control, and improve infrastructure on the island. They were subsequently asked whether they would vote for or against the proposition on a ballot, if establishing the programme would imply a cost of €X to their household. Statistical modelling of the responses to this and to follow-up questions allows us to compute mean and median WTP for the programme, and hence its benefits. Mean WTP for the S. Erasmo public works is €67 per household. Median WTP provides a robust lower bound equal to €20. We estimate the total benefits for the Veneto Region to range...

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Further information

or login to access all content.