Animal Biodiversity and Conservation. Volume 35.2 (2012) Pages: 163-170

Estimating the economic impact of a long–term hunting ban on local businesses in rural areas in Greece: a hypothetical scenario

Papaspyropoulos, K. G., Koufis, J., Tourlida, L., Georgakopoulou, A.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2012.35.0163

Abstract

In December 2009, hunting was banned for a few days in Greece following the decision of the Council of State. The decision was issued when an animal rights organization claimed to the Court that there was no updated evidence about the impact of hunting on wild populations. This case prompted the present study, which focused on examining the hypothetical scenario of the possible impact of a long–term hunting ban on local businesses in rural areas in Greece. We carried out face–to–face interviews with entrepreneurs from the accommodation and food service sectors. Our results showed that most business owners interviewed considered the impact would be significant for their annual earnings. This finding should be taken into account by environmental decision makers because rural and mountainous areas in Greece are sparsely populated, and the few small businesses that still operate would not withstand drastic changes in rural tourism.

Keywords

Economic contribution of hunting, Hunting restrictions, Accommodation services sector, Food service sector

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Papaspyropoulos, K. G., Koufis, J., Tourlida, L., Georgakopoulou, A., 2012. Estimating the economic impact of a long–term hunting ban on local businesses in rural areas in Greece: a hypothetical scenario. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation, 35: 163-170, DOI: https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2012.35.0163

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Reception date:

09/03/2012

Acceptation date:

01/10/2012

Publication date:

04/11/2012

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