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Title: Economic valuation of natural predators in Pear production
Authors: Daniels, Silvie
Witters, Nele
Beliën, Tim
Vrancken, Kristof
Vangronsveld, Jaco
Van Passel, Steven
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: EAERE2017 - 23rd Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Athens, Greece, 28/06-02/07/2017
Abstract: In spite of global actions, biodiversity is declining at an alarming rate. Despite the need for objectively comparable monetary standards to include biodiversity arguments in policymaking, research on the relationship between species diversity and its valuation from a societal perspective is still scarce. In this paper, a methodological framework for the valuation of natural predators based on their ecological role in the agroecosystem is introduced. The framework integrates a dynamic ecological model simulating interactions between species with an economic model, thereby quantifying the effect of reduced numbers of natural predators on the net farm income. The model attributes an objective monetary value to increased species diversity through the changes in the provisioning of a marketable good. Results indicate that the loss of three predators could decrease net farm income with 88.86 €ha-1 to 2186.5 €ha-1. For the pear production sector in Flanders in 2011, this constitutes to an indirect use value of 0,68 million € for one predator and 16.63 million € for the presence of three predators. The aim is to provide a justification for the argument for biodiversity conservation, based on the ecological function of species, through the delivery of comparable monetary standards.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/25104
Category: C2
Type: Conference Material
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