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Forest owners' willingness to accept contracts for ecosystem service provision is sensitive to additionality


  • Vedel, Suzanne Elizabeth
  • Jacobsen, Jette Bredahl
  • Thorsen, Bo Jellesmark


A key prerequisite to ensure that payment for ecosystem services is effective is that the management measures landowners are paid to undertake are in fact additional to the status quo and hence bring about a change in provision.

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  • Vedel, Suzanne Elizabeth & Jacobsen, Jette Bredahl & Thorsen, Bo Jellesmark, 2015. "Forest owners' willingness to accept contracts for ecosystem service provision is sensitive to additionality," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 113(C), pages 15-24.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolec:v:113:y:2015:i:c:p:15-24
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2015.02.014

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