Nature conservation on private land: Natural Reserves of Civil Society in Valle del Cauca

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Melissa Quintero López
Fabio Alberto Arias Arbeláez

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Natural Reserves of the Civil Society in Colombia plays an important role in the conservation of ecosystems. This paper investigates why the owners of private areas in Valle del Cauca preserve nature in their properties. Explanations among economic rational choice theory, economic theory on reciprocal altruistic behavior and the theory of social psychology on the values of cultural orientation are considered. We found the predominant reasons for the establishment of nature reserves are self-interest and appreciation of the nature by land owners.

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