Payment for Ecosystem Services from Forests

Posted: 8 Oct 2014

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Jennifer Alix‐Garcia

University of San Francisco - College of Arts & Sciences

Hendrik Wolff

University of Washington - Department of Economics

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Date Written: November 2014

Abstract

Every year from 2000 to 2010, our planet lost native forests roughly the size of Costa Rica (FAO 2010). This rapid deforestation has dramatically changed the chemical composition of the world’s atmosphere, the level of biodiversity, and the presence of vegetation key to maintaining watershed function and preventing landslides. There has been a boom in the design of local and international policy instruments to prevent further deforestation and to encourage forest growth. This article reviews the theory and evidence surrounding forest-related payment for ecosystem services (PES) schemes intended to slow and reverse deforestation. We cover the most recent work touching on a range of issues related to PES programs, including research on targeting, contract design, environmental effectiveness, challenges to program implementation, spillovers, and distributional considerations of conditional cash transfers. We also highlight areas of potential future research.

Suggested Citation

Alix-Garcia, Jennifer and Wolff, Hendrik, Payment for Ecosystem Services from Forests (November 2014). Annual Review of Resource Economics, Vol. 6, Issue 1, pp. 361-380, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2507237 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-resource-100913-012524

Jennifer Alix-Garcia (Contact Author)

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Hendrik Wolff

University of Washington - Department of Economics ( email )

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Seattle, WA 98195-3330
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