Next Article in Journal
Recent Health and Safety Incident Trends Related to the Storage of Woody Biomass: A Need for Improved Monitoring Strategies
Previous Article in Journal
Severity of Overstory Mortality Influences Conifer Recruitment and Growth in Mountain Pine Beetle-Affected Forests
Article Menu
Issue 9 (September) cover image

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Forests 2018, 9(9), 537; https://doi.org/10.3390/f9090537

Willingness to Pay for Nature Conservation Policies in State-Owned Forests: An Austrian Case Study

1
Department of Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy, Institute of Spatial Planning, Vienna University of Technology, 1040 Vienna, Austria
2
Center of Landscape Economics, Institute of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, Technische Universität Berlin, 10623 Berlin, Germany
3
Department of Business and Management, Kalaidos University of Applied Sciences, 8050 Zürich, Switzerland
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 2 July 2018 / Revised: 17 August 2018 / Accepted: 31 August 2018 / Published: 1 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Forest Economics and Human Dimensions)
Full-Text   |   PDF [2738 KB, uploaded 5 September 2018]   |  

Abstract

The Austrian Federal Forests (ÖBf), the Republic of Austria’s state-owned company, manages 15% of the Austrian forests; about 50% of the land is devoted to nature conservation. This paper presents the results of a representative survey of Austrian households ascertaining the acceptance of, preferences regarding, and willingness to pay for three different management scenarios. One program would increase commercial forestry, while two other programs would significantly enhance biodiversity conservation. The majority of respondents considers it an important task of state-owned forests to enhance biodiversity conservation. The study reveals that the preferences of the respondents are very heterogeneous. For instance, in addition to socio-economic characteristics, the willingness to pay for nature conservation depends on personal experiences and perceptions (e.g., whether respondents feel anxious in forests), political views (e.g., the acceptance of strict legal protection of natural resources), and opinions on forest policy issues (e.g., preferences regarding privatization of public land). The study places special emphasis on the thorough description and presentation of the scenarios to the respondents and is one of the first European studies to elicit opinions on forest policies regarding public land in an environmental valuation framework. View Full-Text
Keywords: state-owned forests; Austria; commercial forestry; nature conservation; willingness-to-accept/willingness to pay; scenario design state-owned forests; Austria; commercial forestry; nature conservation; willingness-to-accept/willingness to pay; scenario design
Figures

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).
SciFeed

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Getzner, M.; Meyerhoff, J.; Schläpfer, F. Willingness to Pay for Nature Conservation Policies in State-Owned Forests: An Austrian Case Study. Forests 2018, 9, 537.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Forests EISSN 1999-4907 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top