Nature-based solutions for climate change mitigation : assessing the Scottish Public's preferences for saltmarsh carbon storage
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The saltmarsh carbon storage potential is a key topic in blue carbon research and climate policy. Ecosystem service valuations provide valuable information to policymakers for habitat management and climate change mitigation policies. Yet, only few saltmarsh valuation studies have included the carbon storage service in the UK context. This paper investigates how the public values saltmarsh ecosystem services, focussing on the carbon storage service. We used a choice experiment to elicit the willingness to pay (WTP) of a representative sample of the Scottish public to support interventions that would maintain or improve the provision of these services. Furthermore, we tested the effect of information on individuals' preferences and WTP with a split sample approach where one group received a treatment in the form of additional information. We found that (i) all attributes had a significant influence on individuals' choices; (ii) both groups had, on average, a positive marginal WTP for all presented ecosystem services; (iii) the treated sample had, on average, no significantly different marginal WTP for carbon storage than the control group. This paper adds to the limited literature on the saltmarsh carbon storage ecosystem service and demonstrates a developed nation's public's openness to nature-based climate change mitigation solutions.
Riegel , S , Kuhfuss , L & Stojanovic , T 2023 , ' Nature-based solutions for climate change mitigation : assessing the Scottish Public's preferences for saltmarsh carbon storage ' , Ecological Economics , vol. 211 , 107863 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2023.107863
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DescriptionThis work was supported by Marine Scotland – Scottish Government through the Scottish Blue Carbon Forum.
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