Valuation of ecotoxicological impacts from tributyltin based on a quantitative environmental assessment framework
2015 (English)In: Ambio, ISSN 0044-7447, E-ISSN 1654-7209Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In the scientific literature, few valuations of biodiversity and ecosystem services following the impacts of toxicity are available, hampered by the lack of ecotoxicological documentation. Here, tributyltin is used to conduct a contingent valuation study as well as cost–benefit analysis (CBA) of measures for improving the environmental status in Swedish coastal waters of the Baltic Sea. Benefits considering different dimensions when assessing environmental status are highlighted and a quantitative environmental assessment framework based on available technology, ecological conditions, and economic valuation methodology is developed. Two scenarios are used in the valuation study: (a) achieving good environmental status by 2020 in accordance with EU legislation (USD 119 household−1 year−1) and (b) achieving visible improvements by 2100 due to natural degradation (USD 108 household−1 year−1) during 8 years. The later scenario was used to illustrate an application of the assessment framework. The CBA results indicate that both scenarios might generate a welfare improvement.
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Contingent valuation, Marine environment, Marine water framework, Stated preferences, TBT, Toxic compounds
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-156039DOI: 10.1007/s13280-015-0682-4ISI: 000368038800011ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84954364441OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-156039DiVA: diva2:764185
Updated from manuscript to article in journal.
QC 201508042014-11-182014-11-182016-02-24Bibliographically approved