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Fair payments for effective environmental conservation

Loft, Lasse and Gehrig, Stefan and Salk, Carl and Rommel, Jens (2020). Fair payments for effective environmental conservation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 117 , 14094-14101
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Incentive-based measures are increasingly popular to alleviate ongoing biodiversity loss and greenhouse gas emissions from land use change. However, effectively using scarce conservation funds remains a major challenge. Using behavioral economic experiments in the buffer zone of a Vietnamese national park, we show that unfair payment distributions that are beyond land users’ control can reduce the environmental effectiveness of incentives, and that women exert more effort. Our study region is threatened by forest degradation and is part of the nationwide Vietnamese Payments for Forest Ecosystem Services program, making it an important and relevant context for improving the effectiveness of conservation measures. These results show that policymakers aiming for effective and efficient programs should pay close attention to fairness and gender.

Authors/Creators:Loft, Lasse and Gehrig, Stefan and Salk, Carl and Rommel, Jens
Title:Fair payments for effective environmental conservation
Year of publishing :2020
Page range:14094-14101
Number of Pages:8
Publisher:National Academy of Sciences
Publication Type:Journal article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business > Economics
Keywords:payments for ecosystem services, climate change, biodiversity, behavioral economics, environmental justice
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ID Code:17266
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
(S) > Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre
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Deposited On:18 Aug 2020 07:10
Metadata Last Modified:15 Jan 2021 19:26

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