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The existence value of Hawaiian coral reefs under conditions of climate changes

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Hawaii’s coral reefs are highly productive ecosystems providing goods and services. Without the necessary research into the existence value of coral reefs and the potential willingness to pay for mitigation against climate change, managers and policymakers responsible for protecting the reefs are ill equipped to properly understand the limits and options for public involvement and support for funding programs, scientific initiatives and protection efforts. The purpose of this research is to provide tools and information beneficial for furthering the development of additional research and potential policies for climate change mitigation. The research uses a discrete choice experiment (DCE). Results show distinct segments of the population that are divided in their climate belief. Analyses of the findings are discussed along with implications of simulations for coral reef management and climate change mitigation strategies.
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