Socio-economic valuation of the goods and services of the Paraná Delta wetland
When analysing social phenomena from an economic standpoint, resource allocation decisions are one of the aspects that are taken into account. In order to make these, decision makers consider different indicators, such as resource prices. Indicating the value of a resource in monetary terms can help care for it by explicitly establishing the cost of carrying out activities which are incompatible with the conservation or preservation of said resource. The economic valuation of natural ecosystem resources can influence policy decision-making, despite the difficulties inherent in this valuation process. It has been said that one of the reasons for the damage caused to wetlands is that there is no price on many of their functions, which therefore have no economic value for decision makers.
This study presents an estimate of the economic value of the economic activities taking place in the Paraná Delta and of the ecosystem goods and services this wetland provides, in order to create a resource to inform public decisions about the use of the Delta, as such decisions often tend not to take environmental effects fully into account.