Measuring the conservation value of lagoons: The case of Songji lagoon

Seung-Jun Kwak, Seung Hoon Yoo, Jeong I. Chang

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In recent days, most of the lagoons in Korea have been lost on account of indiscreet development and pollution. Thus, this study measures the conservation value of the Songji lagoon, a representative lagoon in Korea by using the contingent valuation (CV) method and specifies the non-use value of Songji lagoon. The survey was carefully designed and implemented to meet a number of recommendation rules suggested in the literature. The overall results show that the respondents well accepted the contingent market and would be willing to pay a significant amount for the proposed program to conserve Songji lagoon. Total Conservation value of Songji lagoon amounted to approximately 21.2 billion Korean won per year. Moreover, the non-use value of Songji lagoon amounted 15.7 billion Korean won per year. The results of measuring the conservation value provide decision-makers with data indispensable to devising a conservation and management policy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-169
Number of pages9
JournalOcean and Polar Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Jun 1



  • Conservation value
  • Contingent valuation method
  • Songji lagoon
  • Willingness to pay

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Geology
  • Oceanography
  • Ocean Engineering

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