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Payments for environmental services and rural livelihood strategies in Ecuador and Guatemala

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  • SOUTHGATE, DOUGLAS
  • HAAB, TIMOTHY
  • LUNDINE, JOHN
  • RODRÍGUEZ, FABIÁN

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Presented in this paper are the results of two contingent valuation analyses, one undertaken in Ecuador and the other in Guatemala, of potential payments for environmental services (PES) directed toward rural households. We find that minimum compensation demanded by these households is far from uniform, depending in particular on individual strategies for raising incomes and dealing with risks. Our findings strengthen the case for allowing conservation payments to vary among recipients, which would be a departure from the current norm for PES initiatives in Latin America.

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  • Southgate, Douglas & Haab, Timothy & Lundine, John & Rodríguez, Fabián, 2010. "Payments for environmental services and rural livelihood strategies in Ecuador and Guatemala," Environment and Development Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 15(01), pages 21-37, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:endeec:v:15:y:2010:i:01:p:21-37_00
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    1. Dale Whittington & Stefano Pagiola, 2012. "Using Contingent Valuation in the Design of Payments for Environmental Services Mechanisms: A Review and Assessment," World Bank Research Observer, World Bank Group, vol. 27(2), pages 261-287, August.
    2. repec:eee:resene:v:49:y:2017:i:c:p:48-61 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Kaczan, David & Swallow, Brent M. & Adamowicz, W.L. (Vic), 2013. "Designing a payments for ecosystem services (PES) program to reduce deforestation in Tanzania: An assessment of payment approaches," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 95(C), pages 20-30.
    4. Barbier, Edward B., 2012. "Natural capital, ecological scarcity and rural poverty," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6232, The World Bank.

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