Estimating the value of ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes amid intensification pressures: the Brazilian case

Lucilia Maria Parron Vargas*, Anastasio J Villanueva, K Glenk

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The Brazilian agricultural commodities market and the agribusiness sector are facing an increasing international demand for improved environmental standards, such as those regarding climate change and biodiversity loss. Although there are many studies on the structural determinants of sustainable agriculture related to the production systems, markets, and governance, there is a paucity of studies focusing on the valuation of ecosystem services (ES) provided by agricultural landscapes for which no market exists. In this context, the present paper provides estimates of the value of ES related to changes in land use and management in intensive agricultural landscapes in Brazil, using a discrete choice experiment. The results show a significant demand for changes in land use and management to deliver improved ES provision, with marginal willingness to pay (WTP) estimates falling within the R$104-541 interval (€18-93) per household and year. According to WTP, ES are ordered as follows: improved biodiversity, soil conservation, carbon storage, and aesthetics. Preference heterogeneity points to novel effects worth of closer look in future research. The results provide evidence of social support for a change to a more sustainable agricultural production model.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101476
JournalEcosystem Services
Early online date7 Sept 2022
Publication statusPrint publication - Oct 2022


  • choice experiments
  • social preferences
  • willingness to pay
  • farmland biodiversity
  • sustainable agriculture
  • land use change
  • Farmland biodiversity sustainable agriculture
  • Land use change
  • Choice experiments
  • Willingness to pay
  • Social preferences


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