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Title: Towards the development of a sustainable financing mechanism for the conservation of the Ifugao rice terraces in the Philippines
Authors: Calderon, Margaret M.
Dizon, Josefina T.
Sajise, Asa Jose U.
Andrada, Rogelio T. II
Bantayan, Nathaniel C.
Salvador, Myranel G.
Keywords: SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
AGRICULTURAL MANAGEMENT
DEFORESTATION
IRRIGATION
TERRACING
TOURISM REVENUE
RESTORATION AND CONSERVATION
CULTURAL TREASURES
WILLINGNESS-TO-PAY
SUSTAINABLE FINANCING MECHANISM
LABOR SUBSIDY
PHILIPPINES
IFUAGO RICE TERRACES
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: EEPSEA, IDRC Regional Office for Southeast and East Asia, Singapore, SG
Series/Report no.: EEPSEA research report series / IDRC. Regional Office for Southeast and East Asia, Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia; no. 2008-RR10
Abstract: This EEPSEA study from the Philippines shows that tourism revenue could finance a significant part of the restoration and preservation work that is needed to save one of the country’s most important cultural treasures. The study focuses on the key challenges that are facing the Ifugao Rice Terraces. The Ifugao Rice Terraces in the Philippines have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995. These terraces have been deteriorating steadily in recent years and they have been the subject of a number of under-funded and delayed ‘action plans’ that have failed to halt their decline. The challenges facing the terraces include a declining water and labour supply. The study is the work of a research team led by Dr. Margaret Calderon from the University of the Philippines Los Banos. It finds that capturing tourists’ willingness-to-pay for the conservation of the rice terraces could generate revenues of P 6.65 million or more a year. The study also finds that the water supply problems in the terraces would be reduced if deforestation was tackled and irrigation systems and damaged terrace walls were repaired. The study recommends that a labor subsidy payment should be introduced for Ifugao farmers. This would help them to continue to farm the terraces, would go some way to solving labour supply problems and would also help finance costly maintenance and terrace repair work.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10625/46160
ISBN: 978-1-55250-089-7
Project Number: 003591
Project Title:  EEPSEA (Economy and Environment Program for South East Asia) - Phase III
Appears in Collections:IDRC Research Results / Résultats de recherches du CRDI
2000-2009 / Années 2000-2009

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