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Water 2017, 9(2), 128; doi:10.3390/w9020128

Valuing Multiple Benefits, and the Public Perception of SUDS Ponds

School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, UK
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Received: 2 December 2016 / Revised: 7 February 2017 / Accepted: 9 February 2017 / Published: 16 February 2017
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Understanding how the public perceive and value ponds is fundamental to appreciate the synergy between Sustainable urban Drainage (SUDS) ponds and the multiple benefits they provide. This paper investigates this, through the application of a structured postal and online survey, for a case study area of Edinburgh, in the UK. It compares man-made ponds (including SUDS), and ponds with natural origins. The results from Whole Life Cost show that the benefits (based on Contingent Valuation) exceed the CAPEX and OPEX costs for three of five artificial ponds studied. Benefits from natural (reference) ponds exceed the replacement costs for a pond with the same surface area/catchment. This paper highlights the importance of monetising the multiple benefits from ponds. View Full-Text
Keywords: contingent valuation; whole life cost; SUDS; public perception; multiple benefits; ponds contingent valuation; whole life cost; SUDS; public perception; multiple benefits; ponds

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Jarvie, J.; Arthur, S.; Beevers, L. Valuing Multiple Benefits, and the Public Perception of SUDS Ponds. Water 2017, 9, 128.

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