Lessons Relearned: Can Previous Research on Incentive-Based Mechanisms Point the Way for Payments for Ecosystem Services?
Jack, B. Kelsey
Sims, Katharine Emans
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CitationJack, B. Kelsey, Carolyn Kousky, and Katharine Emans Sims. “Lessons Relearned: Can Previous Research on Incentive-Based Mechanisms Point the Way for Payments for Ecosystem Services?” CID Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Working Paper Series 2007.15, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, January 2007.
AbstractPayments for ecosystem services (PES) are policies in which individuals or communities are compensated for undertaking actions that increase the provision of ecosystem services such as water purification, flood mitigation, and carbon sequestration. PES policies rely on incentives to induce behavioral change, and can thus be considered part of the broader class of incentive- or market-based mechanisms for environmental policy. By recognizing PES programs as incentive-based mechanisms, policy-makers can draw on insights from the substantial body of accumulated knowledge about these instruments in order to gain a better understanding of the conditions under which PES schemes are likely to be environmentally effective, cost-effective, and equitable. In this paper, we offer six lessons from theoretical and empirical research on incentive-based mechanisms that we think deserve explicit consideration when designing and evaluating PES
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