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Madera y bosques

On-line version ISSN 2448-7597Print version ISSN 1405-0471


ANGEL PEREZ, Ana Lid del; VILLAGOMEZ CORTES, José Alfredo; MENDOZA BRICENO, Martín A.  and  REBOLLEDO MARTINEZ, Andrés. Valoración de recursos naturales y ganadería en la zona centro de Veracruz, México. Madera bosques [online]. 2006, vol.12, n.2, pp.29-48. ISSN 2448-7597.

Willingness to pay (WTP) for environmental services from a cattle ranching region encompasing Veracruz, La Antigua, and Boca del Río, Veracruz State, Mexico, is reported. A survey questionnaire, randomly applied to a stratified sample of 199 individuals, about regional demographic attributes, natural resources, wildlands condition, environmental quality and animal husbandry was administered. Contingent valuation techniques were applied, and supplemented with interviews and anthropologic field work. Results revealed that 83,42% of the sampled individuals have a positive WTP for an improved environment, and 84,42% of respondents will accept increases in taxation as the venue to that end; 85,93% of the public in the sample will rather see that cattle ranchers should be compensated by government for the extra cost of an environmentally conscious management. WTP through increased taxation has statistically significant influences (p<0,05) from household income, severity of regulations, and restrictions to ranching practices. Direct payment resulted acceptable, as well as additional government regulations mandating best ranching practices. Hence, these results led to support that public opinion favors a variety of payment mechanisms. Approval of additional environmental legislation, as well as strict enforcement of existing cattle raising regulations was also noticed.

Keywords : willingness to pay; cattle ranching; environmental services; contingent valuation; Veracruz.

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