vikkram asked in EnvironmentConservation · 9 years ago

what is the value of River edges in the life of River and its ecosystem?

In the context of all rivers are becoming concrete channels (as Sabarmati RFD) i want to know what microorganisms and small living beings (esp. microorganisms) on the river edges play their role in the life of river and its ecosystem? can any one suggest good references too?

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    The contingent valuation method (CVM) is used to estimate economic values for all kinds of ecosystem and environmental services. It can be used to estimate both use and non use values, and it is the most widely used method for estimating non-use values. It is also the most controversial of the non-market valuation methods.

    The contingent valuation method involves directly asking people, in a survey, how much they would be willing to pay for specific environmental services. In some cases, people are asked for the amount of compensation they would be willing to accept to give up specific environmental services. It is called “contingent” valuation, because people are asked to state their willingness to pay, contingent on a specific hypothetical scenario and description of the environmental service.

    The contingent valuation method is referred to as a “stated preference” method, because it asks people to directly state their values, rather than inferring values from actual choices, as the “revealed preference” methods do. The fact that CV is based on what people say they would do, as opposed to what people are observed to do, is the source of its greatest strengths and its greatest weaknesses.

    Contingent valuation is one of the only ways to assign dollar values to non-use values of the environment—values that do not involve market purchases and may not involve direct participation. These values are sometimes referred to as “passive use” values. They include everything from the basic life support functions associated with ecosystem health or biodiversity, to the enjoyment of a scenic vista or a wilderness experience, to appreciating the option to fish or bird watch in the future, or the right to bequest those options to your grandchildren. It also includes the value people place on simply knowing that giant pandas or whales exist.

    It is clear that people are willing to pay for non-use, or passive use, environmental benefits. However, these benefits are likely to be implicitly treated as zero unless their dollar value is somehow estimated. So, how much are they worth? Since people do not reveal their willingness to pay for them through their purchases or by their behavior, the only option for estimating a value is by asking them questions.

    However, the fact that the contingent valuation method is based on asking people questions, as opposed to observing their actual behavior, is the source of enormous controversy. The conceptual, empirical, and practical problems associated with developing dollar estimates of economic value on the basis of how people respond to hypothetical questions about hypothetical market situations are debated constantly in the economics literature. CV researchers are attempting to address these problems, but they are far from finished. Meanwhile, many economists, as well as many psychologists and sociologists, for many different reasons, do not believe the dollar estimates that result from CV are valid. More

    importantly, many jurists and policy-makers will not accept the results of CV. Because of its controversial nature, users must be extremely cautious about spending money on CV studies and about using the results of CV studies.

    This section continues with some example applications of the contingent valuation method, followed by a more complete technical description of the method and its advantages and limitations.

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