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Can conservation in protected areas and visitor preferences converge? An empirical study in Central Chile

Authordc.contributor.authorCerda Jiménez, Claudia 
Authordc.contributor.authorFuentes Espoz, Juan 
Authordc.contributor.authorEscobar, Gabriel 
Cita de ítemdc.identifier.citationBiodivers Conserv (2018) 27:1431–1451es_ES
Abstractdc.description.abstractThe assessment of visitors’ willingness to pay (WTP) to achieve scenarios that guarantee good conservation status in protected areas and that positively contribute to visitor experience is crucial to revealing the potential to harmonize the development of naturebased tourism and the conservation of biodiversity. We estimated visitors’ WTP for a variety of environmental attributes in a protected area in a biodiversity hotspot in central Chile. Using a choice experiment (CE), WTP was estimated for the protection of animals, plants, and soil; for guaranteeing the provision of ecosystem services related to water resources; and for increasing touristic infrastructure. Among animals and plants, the marginal mean WTP/visitor/visit for single levels of variation in the attribute ranged from ~ US $1.4 (for herbaceous species) to ~ US $7 (for birds). The WTP for soil protection in camping areas and walking trails reached a mean of ~ US $2.8. The mean WTP for guaranteeing the provision of water benefits ranged from US $− 1.98 (for activities such as hydroelectricity and mining) to ~ US $5.6 (for the conservation of biodiversity and ecological processes). Small increases in infrastructure for recreation are well accepted by visitors (a mean WTP of US $1.50) compared to medium or large increases, which generate a negative WTP. Our results indicate that the protected area conservation and visitor preferences can converge. Broader assessments that include multiple biological attributes have emerged as useful approaches in designing management strategies for protected areas that align with conservation goals and visitor preferences.es_ES
Patrocinadordc.description.sponsorshipNative Forest Research Fund, Project 0029/2012es_ES
Type of licensedc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Chile*
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Sourcedc.sourceBiodiversity and Conservationes_ES
Keywordsdc.subjectWillingness to payes_ES
Keywordsdc.subjectNature based tourismes_ES
Keywordsdc.subjectProtected areases_ES
Keywordsdc.subjectLess popular biodiversityes_ES
Títulodc.titleCan conservation in protected areas and visitor preferences converge? An empirical study in Central Chilees_ES
Document typedc.typeArtículo de revistaes_ES
Indexationuchile.indexArtículo de publicación ISIes_ES

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