Economic valuation of nature and landscape in Belgian harbors, 2008-2009

In this project, in collaboration with our Belgian partner VITO, we aim at estimating monetary estimates of values for ‘nature compensation’ projects. This information feeds into the Extended Cost-Benefit Projects of infrastructure projects, in which existing nature needs to be compensated at a different location, by creating new nature areas with similar ecological values. Using a Choice Experiment among Belgian households, we assess the non-market benefits of different types of nature, controlling for accessibility, size and distance. We also test for transferability of WTP-values in time and space. The project is commissioned by VITO and next to VITO the project partner is VMF.

Contact information: Prof. dr. Roy Brouwer