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Ecotourism Value of National Parks: A Case of Dachigam National Park in Jammu and Kashmir (India)

M.S. Bhatt, Mohammad Younus Bhat, Showkat Ahmad Shah

Abstract



Various natural resources like lakes, rivers, forests and national parks ubiquitously act as sources of amenity services and perform life support functions. National parks perform two-fold functions: in situ preservation of wildlife and recreational use. From the last century a comprehensible concern has outpoured regarding the management of national parks including biodiversity enhancement and on site facilities. In present study Travel Cost Method (TCM) has been strictly adhered to estimate the ecotourism value of the Dachigam National Park which becomes the most modus operandi to the development of the park acquisition and its management policies. Results show that consumer surplus per visitor per visit in present study is equal to Rs. 23809 (US$377) which translates into an annual aggregate value of Rs. 10, 39, 82,349 (US$16, 50,513).

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