Mining conflict in the Dominican Republic: The case of Loma Miranda

Víctor Gómez-Valenzuela*, Francisco Alpízar, Solhanlle Bonilla, Carol Franco-Billini

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Abstract

This paper assesses the willingness to pay (WTP) of the Dominican Republican society for a restoration and conservation program in Loma Miranda, an area rich in natural resources that is also proposed as a mining exploitation site. Loma Miranda is located in the Quisqueya mining concession, approximately 100 km from the country's capital, Santo Domingo, making the decision to exploit or conserve a national dilemma. A national face-to-face survey was conducted during the first quarter of 2019, reaching a representative sample of 1200 individuals. The estimation of the WTP was performed using a non-parametric and a parametric, logistic estimation by way of robustness check. The average WTP estimated by the parametric method was $DOP 159.00 (≈US$3.15) per month per household. The aggregate WTP reached a total amount of US$87.2 million per year. The WTP in favor of the conservation of Loma Miranda is higher in the metropolitan area of Santo Domingo but lower in the vicinity of Loma Miranda.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101614
JournalResources Policy
Volume66
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020

Keywords

  • Contingent valuation
  • Dominican Republic
  • Loma miranda
  • Mining conflict

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