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dc.contributor.authorBuckley, Cathal
dc.contributor.authorHynes, Stephen
dc.contributor.authorMechan, Sarah
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-21T14:50:09Z
dc.date.available2013-01-21T14:50:09Z
dc.date.issued2012-12
dc.identifier.citationCathal Buckley, Stephen Hynes, Sarah Mechan. Supply of an ecosystem service—Farmers’ willingness to adopt riparian buffer zones in agricultural catchments. Environmental Science & Policy, 24, (December 2012), 101-109. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2012.07.022en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1462-9011
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11019/328
dc.descriptionpeer-reviewed
dc.descriptionTeagasc Agricultural Catchments Programme Phase 1 (2008-2011) and Phase 2 (2012-2015)
dc.description.abstractIn the European Union, mitigation measures to abate diffuse pollution from agricultural land are implemented under the direction of the EU Nitrates and Water Framework Directives. As these measures are implemented in national policies, a review process will look at the efficacy of the measures with a view to recommending further measures as necessary and following scientific and stakeholder consultation. Riparian buffer zones, beyond those zones used as mandatory set back distances for fertiliser and organic manure spreading, have been used as filters in some countries to attenuate nutrient rich runoff and may be proposed as supplementary measures elsewhere. Notwithstanding the ongoing research on the physio-chemical efficiency of riparian buffer zones, this study examined the willingness of farmers to adopt such features on agricultural land. The sample size was 247 farmers in 12 catchments (approximately 4-12km2) in the Republic of Ireland. The survey was based on a proposal to install a 10 metre deep riparian buffer zone on a five year scheme and the analysis was based on principal components analysis, contingent valuation methodology and a Generalized Tobit Interval model. Results from this analysis indicated that famers’ willingness to supply a riparian buffer zone depended on a mix of economic, attitudinal and farm structural factors. A total of 53% of the sample indicated a negative preference for provision. Principle constraints to adoption include interference with production, nuisance effects and loss of production in small field systems. Of those willing to engage with supply, the mean willingness to accept based cost of provision for a 10 metre riparian buffer zone was estimated to be €1513 ha-1 per annum equivalent to €1.51 per linear metre of riparian area.en_GB
dc.description.sponsorshipDepartment of Agriculture, Food and the Marineen_GB
dc.language.isoenen_GB
dc.publisherElsevieren_GB
dc.relation.ispartofseriesEnvironmental Science & Policy;vol 24
dc.subjectRiparian buffer zoneen_GB
dc.subjectFarmersen_GB
dc.subjectEcosystem serviceen_GB
dc.subjectWillingness to accepten_GB
dc.titleSupply of an ecosystem service—Farmers’ willingness to adopt riparian buffer zones in agricultural catchmentsen_GB
dc.typeArticleen_GB
dc.identifier.rmisMTMC-0328-5870
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2012.07.022
dc.contributor.sponsorDepartment of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Ireland
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