Payments for Environmental Services: Evolution Toward Efficient and Fair Incentives for Multifunctional Landscapes

Posted: 20 Oct 2012

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Meine van Noordwijk

World Agroforestry Centre

Beria Leimona

World Agroforestry Centre

Rohit Jindal

Michigan State University

Grace B. Villamor

University of Bonn

Mamta Vardhan

University of Calgary - Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy

Sara Namirembe

World Argoforestry Centre (ICRAF)

Delia Catacutan

World Agroforestry Centre

John Kerr

Michigan State University

Peter Minang

World Argoforestry Centre (ICRAF)

Thomas P. Tomich

University of California, Davis: Ag Sustainabilit Inst; Humanity & Community Development; Environmental Science & Policy; SAREP

Date Written: November 2012

Abstract

Payments for environmental services (PES), the non-provisioning part of ecosystem services, target alignment of microeconomic incentives for land users with meso- and macroeconomic societal costs and benefits of their choices across stakeholders and scales. They can interfere with or complement social norms and rights-based approaches at generic (land-use planning) and individual (tenure, use rights) levels; they interact with macroeconomic policies influencing the drivers to which individual agents respond. In many developing country contexts, community scale factors strongly influence land users' decisions, whereas unclear land rights complicate the use of market-based instruments. PES concepts need to adapt. Multiple paradigms have emerged within the broad PES domain. Evidence suggests that forms of “coinvestment in stewardship” (CIS) alongside rights are the preferred entry point. Commodification of environmental services (ES) and ES markets might evolve later on, but require strong government regulation to set and enforce rules of the game. We frame hypotheses for wider testing and “no-regrets” recommendations for practitioners.

Suggested Citation

van Noordwijk, Meine and Leimona, Beria and Jindal, Rohit and Villamor, Grace B. and Vardhan, Mamta and Namirembe, Sara and Catacutan, Delia and Kerr, John and Minang, Peter and Tomich, Thomas P., Payments for Environmental Services: Evolution Toward Efficient and Fair Incentives for Multifunctional Landscapes (November 2012). Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Vol. 37, pp. 389-420, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2163614 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-environ-042511-150526

Meine Van Noordwijk (Contact Author)

World Agroforestry Centre ( email )

Nairobi
Kenya

Beria Leimona

World Agroforestry Centre ( email )

Nairobi
Kenya

Rohit Jindal

Michigan State University ( email )

Agriculture Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1122
United States

Grace B. Villamor

University of Bonn ( email )

Regina-Pacis-Weg 3
Postfach 2220
Bonn, D-53012
Germany

Mamta Vardhan

University of Calgary - Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy ( email )

Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
Canada

Sara Namirembe

World Argoforestry Centre (ICRAF) ( email )

United Nations Avenue, Gigiri
P.O. Box 30677-00100 GPO
Nairobi
Kenya

Delia Catacutan

World Agroforestry Centre

Nairobi
Kenya

John Kerr

Michigan State University ( email )

Agriculture Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1122
United States

Peter Minang

World Argoforestry Centre (ICRAF) ( email )

United Nations Avenue, Gigiri
P.O. Box 30677-00100 GPO
Nairobi
Kenya

Thomas P. Tomich

University of California, Davis: Ag Sustainabilit Inst; Humanity & Community Development; Environmental Science & Policy; SAREP ( email )

Davis, CA 95616
United States
530-574-2503 (Phone)

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