Estimating the non-market benefits of environmental flows in the Hawkesbury-Nepean River

Jeff Bennett, Jeremy Cheesman, Russell Blamey, Marit Kragt

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    Growth in competing demands for the services supplied to major urban centres by adjacent river systems provides an impetus for the estimation of the non-market benefits generated by flows specifically dedicated to maintaining or improving the environmental condition of those rivers. This paper presents the results of a choice modelling study aimed at addressing the complexities of estimating such environmental flow benefits. The context of the study is the management of the Hawkesbury-Nepean River system, the major water supply for Sydney, Australia. The complexities considered include establishing linkages between river management options and the environmental condition of the river, defining attributes that reflect environmental conditions in terms that are meaningful to survey respondents as well as river managers, modelling stated choices to reflect non-linearities in willingness to pay responses and identifying thresholds in peoples' preferences for specific environmental attributes.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)236-248
    JournalJournal of Environmental Economics and Policy
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


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