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The Sacred Grove and the City: Analysis of Preferences in India’s National Capital Region
November 21, 2016 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
The Global Asia Initiative Environmental Humanities Series
David Grace proposes to present findings from his 2016 survey of residents living near four sacred grove sites at various levels of urbanization in India’s National Capital Region and its southern periphery. This research centers on an analysis of preferences for sacred and non-sacred forests given urbanization. Utilizing revealed preference data on actual forest visits in addition to stated preference data on visit choice of hypothetical forests from contingent valuation questions, Grace identifies demand for sacred forests and non-sacred forests. Further, discrete choice tasks allow me to quantify the impact of forest size, quality, temple presence, and extraction level on forest preference. Given these models of preference based on demand, Grace tests hypotheses on the cognitive underpinnings of demand by forest type and characteristic. His findings will contribute to growing discourse on sacred natural sites and their conservation prospects given cultural and environmental change scenarios.
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