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Payments for Environmental Services: A Peruvian Case Study

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  • Rojas Lara, Teresa
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    Globally, land use changes and deforestation contribute with around 20% of the green house gases emissions. Payments for Environmental Services (PES) schemes constitute a way to cope with these problems and promote the conservation of natural resources using market-based incentives. Through empirical evidence from Peru, this study assesses the impact of payments for carbon reductions and analyzes factors which can contribute to the adoption of these projects. Household behavior is analyzed with a linear programming model. The preliminary results indicate that carbon payments would increase the income of the farmers, thus could contribute to increase the adoption of these projects.

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    Paper provided by International Association of Agricultural Economists in its series 2012 Conference, August 18-24, 2012, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil with number 126807.

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    Handle: RePEc:ags:iaae12:126807

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    Keywords: Climate Change; Peru; Payments for Environmental Services (PES); Mathematical Programming; Agricultural and Food Policy; Environmental Economics and Policy;

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    1. Pagiola, Stefano & Arcenas, Agustin & Platais, Gunars, 2005. "Can Payments for Environmental Services Help Reduce Poverty? An Exploration of the Issues and the Evidence to Date from Latin America," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 33(2), pages 237-253, February.
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    4. Pascual, Unai & Muradian, Roldan & RodrĂ­guez, Luis C. & Duraiappah, Anantha, 2010. "Exploring the links between equity and efficiency in payments for environmental services: A conceptual approach," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 69(6), pages 1237-1244, April.
    5. Oscar J. Cacho & Graham R. Marshall & Mary Milne, 2003. "Smallholder Agroforestry Projects: Potential for carbon sequestration and poverty alleviation," Working Papers 03-06, Agricultural and Development Economics Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO - ESA).
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