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Main Title: Attitudes and Preferences towards Soil-Based Ecosystem Services: How Do They Vary across Space?
Author(s): Eusse-Villa, Luisa Fernanda
Franceschinis, Cristiano
Thiene, Mara
Meyerhoff, Jürgen
McBratney, Alex
Field, Damien
Type: Article
Language Code: en
Abstract: Soil ecosystem services (ES) provide multiple benefits to human well-being, but the failure to appreciate them has led to soil degradation issues across the globe. Despite an increasing interest in the threats to soil resources, economic valuation in this context is limited. Importantly, most of the existing valuation studies do not account for the spatial distribution of benefits that soil ES provide to the population. In this study, we present the results of a choice experiment (CE) aimed at investigating spatial heterogeneity of attitudes and preferences towards soil conservation and soil ES. We explored spatial heterogeneity of both attitudes and welfare measures via GIS techniques. We found that citizens of the Veneto Region (Northeast Italy) generally have positive attitudes towards soil conservation. We also find positive willingness-to-pay (WTP) values for soil ES in most of the study area and a considerable degree of heterogeneity in the spatial taste distribution. Finally, our results suggest that respondents with pro-environmental attitudes display a higher WTP based on the geographic pattern of the distribution of WTP values and attitudinal scores across the area.
Issue Date: 4-Aug-2021
Date Available: 14-Sep-2021
DDC Class: 577 Ökologie
Subject(s): soil ES
choice experiment
preference heterogeneity
Journal Title: Sustainability
Publisher: MDPI
Publisher Place: Basel
Volume: 13
Issue: 16
Article Number: 8722
Publisher DOI: 10.3390/su13168722
EISSN: 2071-1050
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