The amenity value of Abu Dhabi's coastal and marine resources to its beach visitors

Show simple item record Blignaut, James Nelson Mander, Myles Inglesi-Lotz, Roula Glavan, Jane Parr, Stephen 2016-08-05T08:04:37Z 2016-06
dc.description.abstract Abu Dhabi, marketed as a centre of economic development in its geographic area during the post-oil era, is renowned for being a choice destination of high value individuals and tourists, due to its rich coastal and marine resources as well as the high quality of services. Outbreaks of harmful algae blooms (HAB) (red tides) due to increased eutrophication as a result of a decline in water quality, however, is posing a serious threat to the amenity values the tourist can appreciate. The amenity values include beach and ocean views, recreation and sport opportunities and facilities, as attractions, among others. To investigate the amenity value of the coastal and marine resources of Abu Dhabi to the beach visitors, we use a contingent valuation assessment after collecting data from a sample of 103 beach visitors. We conducted an econometric analysis to examine factors that potentially affect their behaviour. We determined firstly if the respondents were willing to accept compensation for visiting another beach in the event of an outbreak of HAB and its amount; or in another scenario if they would be willing to pay an annual fee, and its amount, for restoration and mitigation of the beach pollution. The results show that the beach amenity value, therefore, is estimated at between US$8.3million/ha and US$13.8million/ha based on the beach size. Factors such as the travel time from place of current residence the beach, the residence status, the number of beach visits and household size and income have affected the willingness-to-accept (WTA) of the respondents. en_ZA
dc.description.department Economics en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2017-06-30
dc.description.librarian hb2016 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Blignaut, J, Mander, M, Inglesi-Lotz, R, Glavan, J & Parr, S 2016, 'The amenity value of Abu Dhabi's coastal and marine resources to its beach visitors', Ecosystem Services, vol. 19, pp. 32-41. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2212-0416
dc.identifier.other 10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.04.005
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Elsevier en_ZA
dc.rights © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Notice : this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Ecosystem Services. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Ecosystem Services, vol. 19, pp. 32-41, 2016. doi : 10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.04.005. en_ZA
dc.subject Willingness to pay (WTP) en_ZA
dc.subject Willingness to accept en_ZA
dc.subject Coastal and marine resources en_ZA
dc.subject Abu Dhabi en_ZA
dc.subject Beach visitors en_ZA
dc.subject Amenity values en_ZA
dc.subject Harmful algae blooms (HAB) en_ZA
dc.title The amenity value of Abu Dhabi's coastal and marine resources to its beach visitors en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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