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Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Services Provision: Tale of Confused Objectives, Multiple Market Failures and Policy Challenges

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  • Coria, Jessica

    ()
    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

  • Robinson, Elizabeth

    ()
    (School of Agriculture, Policy, and Development, Reading, and Department of Economics, Gothenburg, Sweden)

  • Smith, Henrik G.

    ()
    (Department of Animal Ecology, Lund)

  • Sterner, Thomas

    ()
    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

Abstract

Most research and funding in conservation has been oriented toward biodiversity per se. Until recently there has been little tangible effort in linking conservation to ecosystem service provision. Nevertheless, this trend seems to be changing due in part to the relative success of payment mechanisms that provide funding for the conservation of ecosystem services – defined as discrete and identifiable end-products. This paper describes the features of optimal policies to protect (i) biodiversity vs. (ii) ecosystem services and analyze to what extent the criteria in (i) and (ii) set against each other or create synergies. We also analyze how payments for ecosystem services affect the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem services conservation.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 546.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: 08 Nov 2012
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0546

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Keywords: Biodiversity conservation; ecosystem services; synergies and trade-offs; environmental policies;

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