By Nir Becker, Department of Economics and Management, Tel-Hai College, Upper Galilee, Israel; Meira Segev, and Pua Bar (Kutiel), Department of Geography and Environmental Development, Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva Israel
This chapter focuses on economic valuation of coastal dunes in Israel, based on public and professional ecological perspectives. The contingent valuation method (CVM) was applied in the Nizzanim Long-Term Ecosystem Research (LTER) nature reserve in Israel, and concurrently, data of plant species composition on stabilized and mobile dunes were used to calculate the ecological value index (EVI) of the different dune states. These two values were then compared and used to estimate the expected change in economic value resulting from a state shift from mobile to stabilized dunes.
The outcome from these results suggests that neither method outweighed the other in this study. Rather, both value assessments should be presented to decision makers.
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About the Authors
Prof. Nir Becker
Nir Becker is a Professor of Economics at Tel-Hai College and the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. In the past Prof. Becker served as the Chairman of the Department of Economics for 9 years. He main area of expertise is Environmental and Water Economics.
Prof. Becker has published more than 50 refereed papers and 20 chapters, a book on the economics of marine protected areas (UNEP, 2006) and edited a book on water policy in Israel.
In recent years, Prof. Becker focuses on the economics of nature and energy conservation. In his research Prof. Becker untilises concepts as optimisation techniques, game theory, cost-benefit-analysis, and valuation methods. He is a consultant to the Nature Protection Agency, the Ministry of the Environment and was a member of several governmental committees.
Meira Segev and Pua Bar (Kutiel), Department of Geography and Environmental Development, Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva Israel