Transnational ecosystem services: The potential of habitat conservation for waterfowl through recreational hunting activities

TitleTransnational ecosystem services: The potential of habitat conservation for waterfowl through recreational hunting activities
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsRubio-Cisneros NT, Aburto-Oropeza O, Murray J, Gonzalez-Abraham CE, Jackson J, Ezcurra E
JournalHuman Dimensions of Wildlife
Volume19
Pagination1-16
Date Published2014/01
ISBN Number1087-1209
Abstract

This article explores transnational ecosystem services in North America, provided by winter habitat for waterfowl in western Mexico coastal lagoons, and the hunting industry supported by these birds in the United States. This article shows that the number of waterfowl harvested in the United States is related to the abundance of waterfowl wintering in Mexico. On average, this flow of ecosystem services annually yields US$ 4.68 million in hunting stamp sales in the western United States. A demand curve, fitted to duck hunting licenses as a function of stamp price and previous-year waterfowl harvest, estimated US$3?6 million in consumer surplus produced in addition to governmental stamp sales revenue. This strongly suggests that waterfowl wintering habitat in western Mexico is economically valuable to U.S. hunters. Because hunters may benefit substantially from these habitats they may be willing to pay for conservation efforts in western Mexico that can result in transnational benefits received in the United States.

DOI10.1080/10871209.2013.819536
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