Developing countries including Ethiopia are strongly depend on the existence of ecosystem services. Hydrological services is one component of the ecosystem services that play vital role for life on earth. However, in third world countries, proper management of the watershed and provision of improved water supply presents formidable challenges. Therefore, the aim of this paper was to elicit local household willingness to pay for hydrological services in Mena town and Shawe village, Ethiopia. The study used CVM. Accordingly, a total of 193 sample household’s head was randomly selected and interviewed. For data analysis: descriptive statistics, probit model and bivariate probit model were used. Descriptive statistics was used to analyze the socio-economic status of the households. Probit model was used to identify the determinant explanatory variables of household WTP. Bivariate probit model was alsoused for eliciting mean WTP. The empirical finding of the study revealed that household WTP for hydrological services are significantly related with income, TLU, age, education, house estimate and initial bid in rural residents.
Abdurhman Wariwo Erar
Abdurhman Wariwo is an Agriculture and Agroforestry officer in NABU Ethiopia. He obtained BSc in Forestry from Hawassa University and MSc in Natural Resource Economics and Policy from the same University. He is working on Nature Resource Management in national park in Ethiopia and bilateral project on Medicinal plants Conservation.
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LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
Ecosystem services, watershed, hydrological services, contingent valuation method, willingness to pay, price reform
SCIENCE / Horticulture