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Journal of Socialomics
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Research Article

Human Welfare and Environmental Service Protection in Central Chile:The Role of Biocentrism

Zappi M*
Master Program on Environmental Management and Planning, University of Chile, Chile
Corresponding Author : Zappi M
Master Program on Environmental Management and Planning
University of Chile, Santa Rosa 11315
La Pintana, Santiago de Chile, Chile
Tel: 56-9-97301643
E-mail: [email protected]
Received July 19, 2013; Accepted October 30, 2013; Published November 04, 2013
Citation: Zappi M (2013) Human Welfare and Environmental Service Protection in Central Chile: The Role of Biocentrism. J Socialomics 2:104. doi:10.4172/2167- 0358.1000104
Copyright: © 2013 Zappi M. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
 

Abstract

This study attempts to understand the valuation process for natural areas and the reasons underlying this valuation process, including the non-economic benefits that society perceives natural areas to have. A Contingent Valuation (CV) survey was used to capture citizens’ Willingness to Pay (WTP) as a reflection of their perception of natural areas’ benefit. In the context of the theory of planned action, socio-psychological factors were tested for influence, along with socio-demographic factors typically included as explanatory variables of WTP in the CV context. This analysis demonstrates for the first time, in Chile, that a biocentric value orientation has a direct influence on WTP for three environmental services provided by the Peñuelas Lake National Reserve, the most important of which is endangered species protection. These results shed light on the social trade-offs made in comparing multiple environmental services provided by natural areas; thus, these findings could contribute to the development of better and more rationally founded environmental education programs.

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