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Combining focus group discussions and choice experiments for economic valuation of peatland restoration: a case study in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia

Combining focus group discussions and choice experiments for economic valuation of peatland restoration: a case study in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
Combining focus group discussions and choice experiments for economic valuation of peatland restoration: a case study in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
This study explores the benefits of combining results of qualitative focus group discussions (FGDs) with a quantitative choice experiment (CE) in a developing country context. The assessment addresses the compensation needed by local communities in Central Kalimantan to cooperate in peatland restoration programs. The main policy message of the study is that such programs would have to provide arrangements that secure a stable income and food supply, as well as create awareness of the long-term benefits of peatland restoration. The results of this study demonstrate the value of combining qualitative and quantitative methods to improve the reliability and validity of studies assessing the value of ecological services. FGDs prove to be paramount to understanding
the underlying attitudes and motives towards the proposed scenarios and its institutional context. FGDs provide the possibility to identify the specific terms and conditions on which respondents would accept land-use change
scenarios and help to understand preferences regarding the distribution of costs and benefits over time. Yet the individual CE responses offer important quantitative information about the magnitude of welfare changes associated
with restoration. Moreover, the privacy of the elicitation process avoids peer-pressure.
Choice experiment , Valuation, Mixed methods, Focus group discussion, Indonesia , Peatlands
2212-0416
150-160
Schaafsma, Marije
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van Beukering, Pieter
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Oskolokaite, Ieva
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Schaafsma, Marije
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van Beukering, Pieter
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Oskolokaite, Ieva
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Schaafsma, Marije, van Beukering, Pieter and Oskolokaite, Ieva (2017) Combining focus group discussions and choice experiments for economic valuation of peatland restoration: a case study in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Ecosystem Services, 27 (Part A), 150-160. (doi:10.1016/j.ecoser.2017.08.012).

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Abstract

This study explores the benefits of combining results of qualitative focus group discussions (FGDs) with a quantitative choice experiment (CE) in a developing country context. The assessment addresses the compensation needed by local communities in Central Kalimantan to cooperate in peatland restoration programs. The main policy message of the study is that such programs would have to provide arrangements that secure a stable income and food supply, as well as create awareness of the long-term benefits of peatland restoration. The results of this study demonstrate the value of combining qualitative and quantitative methods to improve the reliability and validity of studies assessing the value of ecological services. FGDs prove to be paramount to understanding
the underlying attitudes and motives towards the proposed scenarios and its institutional context. FGDs provide the possibility to identify the specific terms and conditions on which respondents would accept land-use change
scenarios and help to understand preferences regarding the distribution of costs and benefits over time. Yet the individual CE responses offer important quantitative information about the magnitude of welfare changes associated
with restoration. Moreover, the privacy of the elicitation process avoids peer-pressure.

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Accepted/In Press date: 28 August 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 21 September 2017
Published date: October 2017
Keywords: Choice experiment , Valuation, Mixed methods, Focus group discussion, Indonesia , Peatlands

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Local EPrints ID: 418414
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/418414
ISSN: 2212-0416
PURE UUID: 88a72c2a-7b99-4ab6-8f72-22cdc72e5c8e
ORCID for Marije Schaafsma: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0878-069X

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Date deposited: 07 Mar 2018 17:30
Last modified: 07 Oct 2020 05:34

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