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AOSM2022: Estimating the economic value of improving the ecological condition of the Saskatchewan River Delta ecosystem
Section 1: Publication
Authorship or Presenters
Elisabeta Lika, Patrick Lloyd-Smith, Kenneth Belcher, Graham Strickert, Tim Jardine
Estimating the economic value of improving the ecological condition of the Saskatchewan River Delta ecosystem
Human Dimensions - Impact and Management
10-minute oral presentation
Elisabeta Lika, Patrick Lloyd-Smith, Kenneth Belcher, Graham Strickert, Tim Jardine (2022). Estimating the economic value of improving the ecological condition of the Saskatchewan River Delta ecosystem. Proceedings of the GWF Annual Open Science Meeting, May 16-18, 2022.
Section 2: Abstract
Plain Language Summary
The project is funded by Global Institute for Water Security.
Nature provides Canadians with substantial benefits. These benefits include direct use such as timber and recreational activities, indirect uses such as carbon sequestration as well as less tangible, non-use values associated with the existence of environmental resources but not related to current or future use. The purpose of this research is to estimate the non-use benefits associated with improving the ecological condition of one of the largest inland deltas in North America that covers 10,000 square kilometers - the Saskatchewan River Delta (SRD). The delta is the traditional territory for several Indigenous communities who continue to rely on its ecosystems for food, livelihoods, economic opportunities, and cultural connection. The SRD is also internationally recognized as an important waterfowl breeding area, contains at least 43 species of mammals, 48 species of fish, over 200 different species of birds, and is home to species at risk including the Lake Sturgeon. We designed and administered a stated preference survey to a nationally representative sample of Canadians to elicit preferences over environmental outcomes in the SRD. Preliminary results suggest that Canadians are willing to pay at least $117 per household per year for a modest improvement in environmental outcomes. We also find substantial preference heterogeneity across people. The welfare estimates can inform policy makers on the benefits of large-scale ecological improvement programs in Canada.
Section 3: Miscellany
University of Saskatchewan
First Author: Elisabeta Lika
Additional Authors: Patrick Lloyd-Smith - Global Institute for Water Security, University of Saskatchewan; Kenneth Belcher - University of Saskatchewan; Graham Strickert - Global Institute for Water Security, University of Saskatchewan; Tim Jardine-University of Saskatchewan, Toxicology Centre
Section 4: Download
T-2022-04-24-J1BVP9oNy70KLy98rfHLBMA Conference Publication 1.0