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Indian Journal of Ecology
Year : 2021, Volume : 48, Issue : 3
First page : ( 634) Last page : ( 640)
Print ISSN : 0304-5250.

An empirical study on attitudes towards willingness to pay for forest ecosystem services at Simlipal National park

Agarwalla Shradha, Saha Debolina*

Department of Economics, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata-700 050, India

*E-mail: sahadebolina1120@gmail.com

Online published on 16 August, 2021.

Abstract

Forests provide innumerable positive externalities which are not just region-specific but they benefit globally. However, activities of forest-fringe households for survival often lead to degradation or depletion of natural resource base which affect global atmosphere. Under this circumstance, if the poor forest dwellers are forced to plug in to the system to mitigate environmental hazards what they create without offering alternate survival options to them that will affect their livelihoods and well-beings. The use and non-use values of forests must be understood by the forest dwellers so that they may eager to value the forests realizing the long term benefits. This paper is an attempt to determine the mean willingness to pay of the forest-fringe households for the ecosystem services provided by the Simlipal National Park, Odisha, India, and to determine the key factors affecting the willingness to pay through econometric modelling after creating environmental awareness in the studied region. The findings depict significant responses from the forest-fringe households regarding conservation measures and sustainable use of natural resources.

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Keywords

Economic valuation, Climate change, Natural resource management, Sustainability, Livelihood and Well-being.

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