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Farmers' and Consumers' Preferences for Drinking Water Quality Improvement through Land Management Practices : The Case Study of the Soyang Watershed in South Korea

DOI zum Zitieren dieses Dokuments: https://doi.org/10.3390/su10051419
URN to cite this document: urn:nbn:de:bvb:703-epub-4224-6

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Lee, Saem ; Kim, Hyun No ; Nguyen, Trung Thanh ; Koellner, Thomas ; Shin, Hio-Jung:
Farmers' and Consumers' Preferences for Drinking Water Quality Improvement through Land Management Practices : The Case Study of the Soyang Watershed in South Korea.
In: Sustainability. Vol. 10 (3 May 2018) Issue 5 .
ISSN 2071-1050
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/su10051419

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Abstract

The drinking water quality along the Soyang watershed has been affected negatively by the intensive agricultural practices in the upstream area. Our study used a choice experiment method in order to estimate the values that the upstream water providers (i.e., farmers) and downstream water users (i.e., consumers) attach to the following attributes, namely, the agricultural profits, water quality, and biodiversity level of the Soyang watershed in South Korea. The preferences of the upstream water providers and downstream water users were presented by a conditional logit model and with interactions. The results from the conditional logit model specifications revealed that water quality is the most important attribute that is preferred by the downstream water users and upstream farmers. Both the upstream farmers and downstream water users have put substantial values on the protection of water bodies in the Soyang watershed, and are concerned about the consequences of water usage on the environment and human health. The respondents in each income group and in different local communities with income levels seemed to have different implicit costs for the water quality improvement in the Soyang watershed. Our study has provided robust results regarding the benefits of water improvement using sustainable land management and can be considered as a fundamental input for aiding the sustainable water–land nexus policies. We suggest that the government carefully designs a policy so as to compensate the highland farmers for their income losses as a result of the changing farming practices.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Keywords: choice experiment; stated preference; water quality improvement
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 550 Earth sciences, geology
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Professorship Ecological Services
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Professorship Ecological Services > Professorship Ecological Services - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Köllner
Language: English
Originates at UBT: Yes
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:703-epub-4224-6
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2019 10:27
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2019 07:47
URI: https://epub.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/4224

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