Economics Archive

18 Jan 2008

Ecotourism for sustainable development: A study on “Bambarakanda”

The main objective of this study is to explain relationship and consequences between Bambarakanda eco tourist attraction and human activities in the vicinity. It was aimed to explore the main factors for environmental degradation in Bambarakanda and
18 Jan 2008

Household willingness-to-pay (WTP) for a better waste management system: An empirical investigation in the Mawanella Pradeshiya Sabha region

The Mawanella Pradeshiya Sabha in the Kegalle district that serves to a population of 100,280 has introduced a novel approach to manage its waste under its “Increased Public Awareness & Local Government Capacity Building Program” in 2004.
18 Jan 2008

An empirical investigation on the demographic characteristics of specialized visitors and their preferences to use up-country tea plantations as nature tourism sites

Up country tea plantations have been emerging as sites for nature tourism for both local and foreign tourists who were earlier used to visit traditional tourism sites (e.g. Anuradhapura, Pollonnaruwa and Seegiriya) predominantly. In light of this,
18 Jan 2008

Shoreline protection value and social dimensions of mangrove ecosystems in coastal villages affected by the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an island bordered by 1,562 km of coastline. The country encompasses a high diversity of coastal vegetation, specifically mangroves. These ecosystems have provided a wide array of goods and services, ranging from fishery, forest
18 Jan 2008

Economics of urban amenities: A contingent valuation approach for Bolgoda lake

Bolgoda Lake is known as the largest fresh water body in Colombo Urban Area (CUA) and situated in the Southern boundary of CUA. It covers 1,245 hectares. There are 14 Divisional secretariat (DS) divisions and 105 Grama
18 Jan 2008

An empirical investigation on factors affecting coconut growers in the Kurunegala district to adopt integrated pest management techniques

The Coconut Development Office Divisions in the Kurunegala district were in the process of introducing Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques to the coconut growers in order to control the major pest and disease outbreaks of coconut plantations
18 Jan 2008

Economic implications of declaration of Knuckles conservation zone

The objective of this study is to assess the economic impacts of Knuckles Conservation Zone (KCZ) on the livelihoods of peripheral households and vise versa the impact of the utilization of forest resources by households on the
18 Jan 2008

Novel analytical techniques for improved decision making: Implications for consumers and institutions

Information availability plays a key role in determining the choices of consumers, firms and governments. However, externalities associated with most commodities represent information failure leading to incorrect decisions. The emerging scientific advances nevertheless have produced several new
18 Jan 2008

Cost benefit analysis of village tank rehabilitation programme in Hambantota district, Sri Lanka

Village tanks provide multiple benefits to the local people living in their periphery and also to communities outside the area. Non recognition of the true values of this resource has led to their degradation. For example, tank
18 Jan 2008

Valuing non-market benefits of human dominated small mangrove forests in Sri Lanka

The inability of economists and policy makers to recognize the values of non-market benefits including critical ecological, socio-economic and non-use functions of mangroves has been one of the major reasons for large scale conversion of mangroves into