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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.
RESTORATION AND CONSERVATION
SUSTAINABLE FINANCING MECHANISM
IFUAGO RICE TERRACES
|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.|
|Related URI :||http://idl-bnc.idrc.ca/dspace/handle/10625/46161|
|Project Title:||EEPSEA (Economy and Environment Program for South East Asia) - Phase III|