What is it about?

This study assesses the willingness to pay for coral reef conservation in Japan. • Conducted an online discrete choice experiment with 10,573 respondents. • The type of information and visuals provided had an effect on willingness to pay. • Concise or detailed information with text and static images about coral reefs increased WTP by 11.7–19.1%. • Providing video information, however, decreased the WTP by 4.9–7.0%.

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Why is it important?

This is the first study to demonstrate that the information provision affect willingness to pay (WTP) for coral conservation by the nationwide survey.

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Overall, the authors assumed three potential reasons for the lowest WTP in VIDEO audience: 1) insufficiency of textual explanation, 2) lack of a schema, and 3) too long duration time.

Kohei Takenaka TAKANO
Nagano Environmental Conservation Research Institute

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This page is a summary of: Valuation of coral reefs in Japan: Willingness to pay for conservation and the effect of information, Ecosystem Services, August 2020, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2020.101166.
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