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Title: Social and economic considerations for planning wildlife conservation in large landscapes
Author: Haight, Robert G.; Gobster, Paul H.
Publication: In: Millspaugh, J.J.; Thompson, F.R., eds. Models for planning wildlife conservation in large landscapes. Burlington, MA: Academic Press: 123-152).
Abstract: People conserve wildlife for a variety of reasons. People conserve wildlife because they enjoy wildlife-related activities such as recreational hunting, wildlife viewing, or ecotourism that satisfy many personal and social values associated with people's desire to connect with each other and with nature (Decker et al. 2001). People conserve wildlife because it provides tangible benefits such as food, clothing, and other products. People conserve wildlife because they recognize that species are integral parts of larger ecosystems that perform a number of valuable services including nutrient cycling, water purification, and climate regulation (Daily 1997). People also conserve wildlife for its option value or potential to produce future benefits, such as new pharmaceuticals (Fisher and Hanneman 1986). Finally, people conserve wildlife for its existence value even if they will never see or use it (Bishop and Welsh 1992).
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