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Estimating Resident’s Preference of the Land Use Program surrounding the Forest Park, Taiwan

  1. National Dong Hwa University, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Taiwan, ROC
Version 1 : Received: 21 November 2016 / Approved: 23 November 2016 / Online: 23 November 2016 (18:08:51 CET)

How to cite: Lee, C.; Wang, C. Estimating Resident’s Preference of the Land Use Program surrounding the Forest Park, Taiwan. Preprints 2016, 2016110119 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201611.0119.v1). Lee, C.; Wang, C. Estimating Resident’s Preference of the Land Use Program surrounding the Forest Park, Taiwan. Preprints 2016, 2016110119 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201611.0119.v1).

Abstract

This paper aims to build up a preference function to evaluate the public benefits of the type of agricultural farming, biodiversity, water provisions, land use type, ecotourism modes, and a monetary attribute (environmental trust fund and willingness to contribute) associated with an ecosystem service and land use program in a forest park. This study used the choice experiments to build a random utility model, analyze the average preference for the above land use attributes based on the conditional logit and used a latent class model to test the resident’s heterogeneous preferences for land use planning in the forest park. We also estimated the welfare derived from various land use programs. The empirical result had shown that: (1) increasing organic farming area, maintaining the status quo of species biodiversity, increasing the surface water provision, increasing the area of custom flora, increasing the wetland area, and setting up an integrated framework for ecotourism increase the public’s preference for the land use program; (2) we found that farmer and non-farmer haven’t the same land use preferences; (3) the ecotourism development program incorporating biodiversity, organic farming, ethnobotany, and wetland area with integrated ecotourism are more preferred than other land use program scenarios.

Subject Areas

land use preference; ecosystem service; natural conservation

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