Technical Reports

Technical reports include studies that are either too academic and/or technical for wider circulation.  It also includes research work that are based on short-term inquiries on specific topics (e.g. case studies) and those that are already published as part of EEPSEA special publications (e.g. books).

Internationally, biofuel is being promoted for two main reasons - to fight with climate change and to reduce dependency on fossil fuel. Besides fighting with climate change and oil dependency, the promotion of biofuel in Cambodia is motivated to reduce rural poverty through energy supply at low cost. Most of…
Households living in peripheral villages of the natural forests are primarily dependent on agriculture and secondarily dependent on forest gatherings. High rates of forest dependency occur, in part, from the efforts of inefficient farmers securing subsistence. Due to excessive use, the productivity of the remaining forests is at a critical…
River systems play a crucial role in local livelihoods since they provide water for agricultural production. The rapid increase in the number of factories impacts these river systems both positively and negatively. While industrial growth provides local communities with employment and income, it also causes air pollution and contaminates river…
This paper presents the results of two studies in Lao PDR that assessed people's willingness to pay (WTP) using the Contingent Valuation Methodology (CVM). The first study investigated the WTP of residents for the sustainable development and maintenance of urban parks in the city using Saysetha Park as the case…
This paper aims to provide an overview of the irrigation sector in Cambodia. It attempts to document major problems and conflicts encountered in the irrigation sector in Takeo province and how these problems and conflicts are solved. It also analyzes the factors contributing to rice yield increase, particularly plot size,…
Lo Go - Xa Mat National Park has great value in terms of biodiversity but preserving the park is a great challenge for the Vietnamese government. This study estimated the willingness to pay of households to preserve Lo Go - Xa Mat National Park, using the contingent valuation method. We…
Coastal erosion is a serious problem in Thailand nowadays. The impacts of coastal erosion on the flat and low-lying Gulf area are expected to be high. The sediment supply to the coasts in the Upper Gulf of Thailand, including Bang Khun Thian district in Bangkok, has been decreasing because of…
Shifting cultivation, a farming practice on which majority of the upland population in the Lao People Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) has been heavily dependent upon, was identified as the main cause of rapid deforestation in the country. To address the problem, a Land Use Planning and Land Allocation (LUP/LA) program…
This report presents and compares results from a large research project – Local WTP for the conservation of sea turtles across China, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam using the same contingent valuation (CV) instrument. Studies involved in this study are available elsewhere (e.g. Jianjun et al. 2006), and have described…
This study provides an assessment of the farming and agroforestry systems in upland coconut-based farms and the policy and socio-economic issues in the cutting of coconut trees in the Philippines. In general, there is a lack of focus on the environmental and agro-ecological aspects of coconut-based farming and agroforestry systems…
A large number of cultural heritage sites can be found in many countries of Southeast Asia. These sites attract an increasing number of tourists and income to these countries. Unfortunately, due to lack of money or resources to sufficiently protect these sites, many of them are in poor condition or…
This study is part of a bigger research on Local Willingness to Pay (WTP) for the Conservation of Endangered Species in Southeast Asia. The research measures WTP using contingent valuation method for a conservation program for the Vietnamese Rhinoceros and a regional conservation program for sea turtles, which are now…
The general objective of this study is to estimate the economic benefits of black-faced Spoonbill conservation in Macao based on public preferences. The specific objectives are as follows to investigate the public's awareness, attitudes and behaviors regarding black-faced Spoonbill conservation in Macao; to estimate the public's willingness to pay (WTP)…
Societies continually make choices among various options that affect their welfare. Tradeoffs are typically difficult to make especially in a developing country context where even the basic needs are sometimes hard to finance. It then becomes an empirical question whether people from a developing country perceive any benefit from what…
Since the implementation of the Environmental User Fee System (EUFS) in the Laguna de Bay Region in 1997, there has been no comprehensive evaluation of its impacts particularly at the regulated firm level. This study, therefore, is an attempt to generate empirical evidence that could explain the differential behavior of…
The National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Act of 1992 was enacted in response to an urgent need to protect the rich biological diversity of the Philippine ecosystems, which is seriously threatened by human exploitation. One of the critical elements of the law is the creation and administration of a…
The Philippine Eagle, classified by the IUCN as an endangered species, has received limited funding support from the government and private organizations relative to the needed resources for enhanced conservation efforts. To address this gap, the study sought to answer this basic question:  Are Filipinos willing to pay to increase…
The development of Genetically Modified (GM) crop varieties has arguably been the most successful application of agricultural biotechnology research to date. However, the biotechnology is a two-edged sword. Behinds the great success, there are also a lot of concerns about the negative impact of the GM crops. One of the…
Thai economic conditions considerably depend on the performance of tourism sectors. More than half of the Thai industries are directly and indirectly interdependent with tourism sectors. Given these large economic dependences upon tourism, any internal or external changes that affect Thai tourism could have substantial economy-wide impacts on resource allocation,…
Market for timber in YenBai province is quite clearly defined with two major products:  small timber for pulp and wood-chips and large-sized timber for furniture to be consumed either domestically or internationally. A financial analysis shows the obvious economic advantage of growing large-sized timber over small one. However, most of…
Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia