Assessing the conditions of Rationality and Plausibility in the valuation of biodiversity conservation in a mega-biodiverse country. The case of Manu in Perú




biodiversity conservation, choice experiment, functionality, sensitivity to scope, plausibility


 According to NOAA, the results of an economic valuation are applicable as public policy if they fulfill two conditions: rationality and plausibility. In this study, we carried out the valuation of biodiversity conservation in Manu National Park in Peru (a megabiodiverse country), based on three representations: species, habitat and functionality. We identify sensitivity to scope in most of the attributes used. When we add socioeconomic characteristics, we identify that gender and salary levels affect preferences. Our total analysis shows that number of threatened plant species and functionality better fulfill both conditions.


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Author Biographies

José Dávila, Universidad Nacional Agraria ; ESAN Graduate School of Business

Círculo de Investigación en Economía de los Recursos naturales y del ambiente (CIERNA)

Felipe Vásquez-Lavín, Universidad del Desarrollo

School of Business and Economics.

Center of Applied Ecology and Sustainability, CAPES.

Center for Climate and Resilience Research, CR2.

Carlos Enrique Orihuela, Universidad Nacional Agraria

Círculo de Investigación en Economía de los Recursos naturales y del ambiente (CIERNA).
Facultad de Economía y Planificación. 

Roberto D. Ponce Oliva, Universidad del Desarrollo

School of Business and Economics.

Center of Applied Ecology and Sustainability, CAPES.

Karol Lavado-Solis, Universidad Científica del Sur


Oscar Paredes-Vilca, Universidad Nacional Agraria

Doctor en Economía de los Recursos Naturales y el Desarrollo Sustentable

Raymundo Mogollón Ñañez, Universidad Nacional Agraria

Círculo de Investigación en Economía de los Recursos naturales y del ambiente (CIERNA)

Sabrina Díaz, Universidad Nacional Agraria

Círculo de Investigación en Economía de los Recursos naturales y del ambiente (CIERNA)


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