The ghost of extinction: Preservation values and minimum viable population in wildlife models

M.E. Eiswerth, G.C. van Kooten

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Abstract

The inclusion of a minimum viable population in bioeconomic modeling creates at least two complications that are not resolved by using a modified logistic growth function. The first complication can be dealt with by choosing a different depensational growth function. The second complication relates to the inclusion of the in situ benefits of wildlife into the analysis. Knowledge about the magnitude of the in situ benefits provides no guide for policy about conservation management. Simply knowing that people are willing to pay a large amount each year to protect a species says nothing about whether one should manage habitat to protect or enhance the species' numbers, unless the species is in imminent danger of extinction. If willingness to pay is to be a guide, it needs to be better tied to population numbers, especially the minimum viable population
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2129-2136
JournalEcological Economics
Volume68
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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