week 6

This week's case-study:

Case Study 10: Cardamom Mountains

South East Asia: The value of land resources in the Cardamom Mountains in Cambodia

Further Reading

Valuation methods descriptions and case studies:


Hedonic pricing:
King, D.A. and Sinden, J.A., 1988. Influence of soil conservation on farm land values. Land Economics. 64(3): 242-255. http://www.jstor.org/stable/3146248

Travel cost method:
Navrud, S. and Mungatana, E.D. Environmental valuation in developing countries: The recreational value of wildlife viewing. Ecological Economics. 11: 135-151      .                       http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0921800994900248

Contingent Valuation method:
Ngugi, G.W., Newton, L.E. and Muasya, A.M., 2011. The contribution of forest products to dryland household economy: The case of Kiang’ombe hill forest, Kenya. Ethnobotany Research and Applications. 9: 163-180. http://lib-ojs3.lib.sfu.ca:8114/index.php/era/article/view/197/320

Choice experiment:
Do, T.N., 2007. Impacts of dykes on wetland values in Vietnam’s Mekong River Delta: A case study in the Plain of Reeds (PhD Thesis). Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia, Singapore.      http://web.idrc.ca/uploads/user-S/12114357241ThangNamDoRR.pdf

Blamey, J., Rolfe, J., Bennett, J. and Morrison M. 2000. Valuing remnant vegetation in Central Queensland using choice modelling. The Australian Journal of Agriculture and Resource Economics. 44(3): 439-456.

Benefit transfer:
see UK National Ecosystem Assessment, TEEB, ELD Initiative


Repositories of economic valuation studies:


Making land management decisions requires the involvement of stakeholders. Dr. Daniel Plugge from the University of Hamburg will discuss his recent research on participatory valuation methods in Madagascar.

Speaker: Dr. Daniel Plugge, University of Hamburg/Germany, Institut of World Forestry
Download Slides:
ELD MOOC Plugge Participatory Scenario 1
ELD MOOC Plugge Participatory Scenario 2

You'll need to develop a rough research plan this week. Decide amongst your group which ecosystem service you'll value and choose a research method. It may be the one that you suggested in Assignment 3, but any other suitable method is also okay to use. Then, develop a research plan. Practitioners Guide Research may be helpful.

  1. Choose a research method
  2. Develop a (hypothetical) sampling plan and a means of data collection
  3. If you decide to conduct a Benefit-Transfer, identify at least one “source” case study that allows for transfer and set the method of transfer (point estimate, function) (in this case ignore step 2 and continue with 3)!
  4. Design a short questionnaire or an executable data acquisition set-up
  5. Briefly describe possible sources for biases and scope/ limitations of your study
The assignment (500 words approx ) is due on April 12, 2014. Please post it on the etherpad. We will 'harvest' it from there.