Efficient Desalinated Water Pricing in Wetlands

  • Oscar AlfrancaEmail author


Pricing desalinated water in wetlands can be inefficient whenever positive and negative externalities are not integrated in final prices. Externalities values are usually related to non-market magnitudes, and great difficulties exist for their precise calculation. In order to provide efficient prices, a methodology is proposed in which automatic prices could be directly estimated with the use of the Travel Cost methodology. In this chapter a dynamic model reflecting eventual differences between optimal social prices for environmental uses of desalinated water and private water prices is proposed. This model is based on a short-run dynamic model, in which socially efficient prices are calculated. In order to apply this methodology to real desalinated water problems in wetlands it is suggested that the calculation of the travel cost, along with the value transfer method price for desalinated water should have to be centralized in one office of the park receiving all information from visitors. Direct links of this office with the technical services of the park should have to be established.


Travel cost Value transfer method Externality Environmental valuation 


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  1. 1.Departament d’Enginyeria Agroalimentària I BiotecnologiaCampus del Baix Llobregat Universitat Politècnica de CatalunyaBarcelonaSpain

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