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Values for protecting the Great Barrier Reef: A review and synthesis of studies over the past 35 years

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posted on 28.10.2021, 23:46 authored by John RolfeJohn Rolfe, Jeremy De ValckJeremy De Valck
Assessing the economic value of improved protection of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is important to demonstrate the consequences of loss and to evaluate the public benefits of programs to reduce pressures and address degradation. However, those values are not easy to measure, in part because of the diversity and complexity of the GBR, and because there are very different types of benefits involved. Since 1985, there have been over 40 major studies that have assessed values for these components at the whole GBR level, and many more for components at smaller scales. This study synthesises estimates from the major valuation studies in the GBR since 1985, generating estimates of average values across different benefit categories. We observe mixed results. While values are often reasonably consistent within sub-categories, there is mixed evidence about temporal trends and the small number of available studies makes it difficult to draw definitive outcomes.

History

Volume

169

Start Page

1

End Page

14

Number of Pages

15

eISSN

1879-3363

ISSN

0025-326X

Location

England

Publisher

Elsevier BV

Additional Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Language

eng

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

Acceptance Date

16/05/2021

Era Eligible

Yes

Medium

Print-Electronic

Journal

Marine Pollution Bulletin

Article Number

112531