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Elephants or onions? Paying for nature in Amboseli, Kenya

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  • BULTE, ERWIN H.
  • BOONE, RANDALL B.
  • STRINGER, RANDY
  • THORNTON, PHILIP K.

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Traditional grazing grounds near Amboseli National Park (Kenya) are being rapidly converted to cropland – a process that closes important wildlife corridors. We use a spatially explicit simulation model that integrates ecosystem dynamics and pastoral decision-making to explore the scope for introducing a ‘payments for ecosystem services’ scheme to compensate pastoralists for spillover benefits associated with forms of land use that are compatible with wildlife conservation. Our break-even cost analysis suggests that the benefits of such a scheme likely exceed its costs for a large part of the study area, but that ‘leakage effects’ through excessive stocking rates warrant close scrutiny.

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  • Bulte, Erwin H. & Boone, Randall B. & Stringer, Randy & Thornton, Philip K., 2008. "Elephants or onions? Paying for nature in Amboseli, Kenya," Environment and Development Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 13(03), pages 395-414, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:endeec:v:13:y:2008:i:03:p:395-414_00
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    1. Barbier, Edward B., 2010. "Global governance: the G20 and a Global Green New Deal," Economics - The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), vol. 4, pages 1-35.

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