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Using choice modelling to account for biodiversity conservation: Non-use value for Ningaloo reef

Gazzani, F. and Marinova, D. (2007) Using choice modelling to account for biodiversity conservation: Non-use value for Ningaloo reef. In: MODSIM07 - Land, Water and Environmental Management: Integrated Systems for Sustainability, 10 December to 13 December 2007, Christchurch pp. 2721-2727.

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Considered one of the healthiest reef environments in the world, Ningaloo sits in a special biogeographic zone where the distributions of tropical and temperate marine and terrestrial organisms overlap. Currently, this fringing barrier reef system and its coasts are subject to significant human pressure due to its unique proximity to the coast, and commercial and recreational fishing have the potential for major negative impacts on the marine life in the Ningaloo Reef waters. This paper aims to assist policy makers in formulating efficient, effective and sustainable coral reef conservation and management policies by providing them with the results and information from a valuation study using Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia as a case study.
Choice Modelling, an economic valuation technique is employed to estimate the benefits of the non-use values of Ningaloo Reef and how these choices may be related to certain socioeconomic characteristics. The application of the technique involved surveys of visitors in relation to coral reef protection and conservation in the region of the Ningaloo coast. Choice Modelling is found to provide a flexible and cost-effective method for estimating non-use values, particularly when different alternative proposals need to be considered. This study can aid the design of
socially optimal policies for conservation and
sustainable management of the Ningaloo Marine
Park (Map 1), with implications for other coral
reef regions in the rest of Australia.
Map 1. Ningaloo Marine Park zoning scheme

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy
Publisher: Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand
Copyright: © 2007 Modelling & Simulation Society of Australia & New Zealand Inc.
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