Valoración económica del bosque de caldén (Prosopis caldenia Burkart) en el sur de Córdoba, Argentina
Economic valuation of the calden (Prosopis caldenia Burkart) forest in the south of Córdoba, Argentina
Available online: 2018-06-05 / pages.297-312
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Introduction: The native forest of calden is a natural ecosystem that produces valuable ecosystem goods and services for society; however, it has been replaced for the production of commercial, agricultural and livestock goods.
Objective: To estimate the economic value of a conservation program for ecosystem services of the remnant of the native calden (Prosopis caldenia Burkart) forest in the south of the province of Córdoba, Argentina.
Materials and methods: The study area corresponds to a remnant forest of 37 648 ha. The willingness to pay (WTP) was obtained from a contingent valuation survey; 361 questionnaires were applied. The sampling unit was the household. A multistage cluster sampling was used in the city of Río Cuarto and a simple random sampling in Villa Huidobro.
Results and discussion: The estimated WTP showed goodness of fit and most of the estimated coefficients were statistically significant (P < 0.05) and consistent with what was theoretically expected. The WTP increases with household income and decreases as the consulted amount of money to pay increases. The average WTP for a conservation program of the native calden forest is 52 ± 8 ARS (11.45 ± 1.76 USD) monthly per household.
Conclusion: The majority of the urban population of southern Córdoba does not use forest ecosystem services; however, they are willing to pay to maintain or increase forest ecosystem services.
Keyworks: Contingent valuation; dry native forest; ecosystem services; willingness to pay
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Sebastián Tello, D., Dante de Prada, J., & Raquel Cristeche, E. (2018). Economic valuation of the calden (Prosopis caldenia Burkart) forest in the south of Córdoba, Argentina. , XXIV(3), 297-312. http://dx.doi.org/10.5154/r.rchscfa.2017.03.027