Estimating the benefits of water quality improvements under the Water Framework Directive

are benefits transferable?

Nick Hanley, Sergio Colombo, Dugald Tinch, Andrew Black, Ashar Aftab

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    Abstract

    The Water Framework Directive sets an objective of 'Good Ecological Status' for water bodies across the EU. Non-point pollution from agriculture is a major reason for the failure of rivers in the UK to meet this target. In this paper, we use choice experiment methodology to test the transferability of benefit estimates of water quality improvements for two small catchments where agricultural-source non-point pollution and irrigation water abstraction are the main threats to ecological status. We also investigate the most appropriate techniques to apply to transfer testing, including allowing for correlation between preferences for environmental attributes, and testing for acceptable differences between transferred and original values.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)391-413
    Number of pages23
    JournalEuropean Review of Agricultural Economics
    Volume33
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

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