Next Article in Journal
Multifractal Detrended Fluctuation Analysis of Streamflow in the Yellow River Basin, China
Next Article in Special Issue
Towards a Comprehensive Valuation of Water Management Projects When Data Availability Is Incomplete—The Use of Benefit Transfer Techniques
Previous Article in Journal
Active Tectonics Revealed by River Profiles along the Puqu Fault
Previous Article in Special Issue
Urban Water Tariffs in Spain: What Needs to Be Done?
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Water 2015, 7(4), 1649-1669; doi:10.3390/w7041649

Combining Choice Analysis with Stakeholder Consultation to Assess Management Options for New Zealand’s Hurunui River

Department of Economics, University of Waikato, Hamilton 3105, New Zealand
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Markus Disse
Received: 26 January 2015 / Revised: 2 April 2015 / Accepted: 10 April 2015 / Published: 17 April 2015
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [914 KB, uploaded 9 June 2015]   |  

Abstract

Choice experiments can be designed using information gathered in stakeholder consultation processes. Information from these two sources can be used to consider both consultation outcomes and population preferences in environmental decision making. This approach is demonstrated using a case study of New Zealand’s Hurunui River which has been hotly contested between those who seek to divert water and increase agricultural production and those who would like to see the river undeveloped and the natural resources in the river and catchment improved. Data from the choice experiment is used to describe and quantify the preferences of Canterbury Region residents for existing conditions (good quality in the main river and poor quality in the tributaries) and potential future land use scenarios for the catchment. Six scenarios ranging from forestry to intensive irrigation could result in deterioration or improvement. Quantitative information from the choice experiment was provided to policy makers as they considered the outcomes of the consultation process. Community stakeholders agreed on a development strategy for the Hurunui catchment that would improve water quality in the tributaries and maintain quality in the main river. Results from the choice experiment support this approach. Willingness to pay for improvements in the main river was limited but residents would require substantial compensation before they would accept a decline in water quality in the main river or in the tributaries. View Full-Text
Keywords: choice experiment; water quality; New Zealand; environmental decision making; community consultation choice experiment; water quality; New Zealand; environmental decision making; community consultation
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 alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Marsh, D.; Phillips, Y. Combining Choice Analysis with Stakeholder Consultation to Assess Management Options for New Zealand’s Hurunui River. Water 2015, 7, 1649-1669.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Water EISSN 2073-4441 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top