Environmental Economics

Wetland Protection Benefits

This paper describes the goals and mechanisms of federal wetland regulation and management efforts and asks the question: What is currently known about the benefits these programs provide to the nation? Welfare assessment in the wetlands protection context is severely limited by scientific uncertainties, data deficiencies and measurement constraints currently prevent the development of defensible benefit estimates. Accordingly, this paper outlines the general information needs for quantifying wetland protection benefits in monetary terms and describes what is currently available or quantifiable. The off-the-shelf data and evidence on a number of relevant variables-including regional wetland status and trends, uses and benefits, and protection activities-are then used to draw broad qualitative conclusions regarding the direction of federal wetlands protection policies and the nature of policy benefits.

  • Keywords

    1. Benefits Analysis
    Environmental Media:
    c. Land
    e. Ecosystems
    Scodari, Paul F.
    EPA Project Officer/ Manager:
    Carlin, Alan
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    Empirical Application
    Inventory Record #: EE-0257
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    Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Policy, Planning and Evaluation, Economic Analysis and Research BranchAddress:
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