Stakeholder willingness to pay for watershed restoration in rural Bolivia

Steven Shultz, Bruno Soliz

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Two CVM surveys were administered to 211 urban households and 188 rural farmer-irrigators in the Comarapa watershed in Bolivia, South America, to estimate stakeholder willingness to pay (WTP) for a proposed upper watershed restoration program. Mean monthly household WTP to improve drinking water was $1.95 (65% of current charges), while mean annual WTP among farmer-irrigators to improve irrigation water was $17 per hectare (34% of current costs). Aggregated to the entire population of households and farmer-irrigators total WTP is $77,400 per year, which is 77% of the minimum cost to implement a watershed restoration program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)947-956
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the American Water Resources Association
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2007


  • Contingent valuation
  • Drinking water
  • Irrigation
  • Restoration
  • Water quality economics
  • Watershed management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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