Valuing environmental conservation in the ASEAN region: A contingent valuation study of Ulu Temburong National Park

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Tabrani, Andi, Lawrey, Roger and Pillarisetti, J. Ram. 2015. "Valuing environmental conservation in the ASEAN region: A contingent valuation study of Ulu Temburong National Park." Journal of Developing Areas. 49 (2), pp. 381-397. https://doi.org/10.1353/jda.2015.0034
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Valuing environmental conservation in the ASEAN region: A contingent valuation study of Ulu Temburong National Park

ERA Journal ID18404
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsTabrani, Andi, Lawrey, Roger and Pillarisetti, J. Ram
Journal TitleJournal of Developing Areas
Journal Citation49 (2), pp. 381-397
Number of Pages17
Year2015
PublisherTennessee State University
Place of PublicationTennessee USA
ISSN0022-037X
1548-2278
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1353/jda.2015.0034
Web Address (URL)hhttps://muse.jhu.edu/article/558479
Abstract

This paper presents an economic valuation of Ulu Temburong National Park, located on the island of Borneo, which has great potential as a repository of biodiversity and an ecotourism destination. The paper employed the contingent valuation (CV) method to estimate the willingness to pay (WTP) of Bruneians for conserving the national park for ecotourism and biodiversity protection purposes, and developed econometric models to analyse the preferences of respondents. According to the results, some dependent variables have a significant impact on the respondents’ WTP and the probability of respondents visiting the national park. The WTP values are low, reflecting a view that the park’s natural wealth should be managed through government funding. Though public support for conservation is strong up to now, there is a need for change to cope with economic challenges associated with depletion of the country’s oil and natural gas resources. The study concludes that policy makers should enhance public awareness, promote forest-based small and medium enterprises, and involve indigenous and local communities in decision-making processes.
The government should also consider setting up a research centre for the study of conservation of parks in the entire Borneo region in addition to Ulu Temburong National Park.

Keywordscontingent valuation, ASEAN, national park, biodiversity conservation, ecotourism, forestry
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020380105. Environment and resource economics
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Byline AffiliationsPerbanas Institute, Indonesia
School of Commerce
Centre for Economic and Social Studies, India
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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