PES as Compensation ? Redistribution of Payments for Forest Conservation in Mexican Common Forests

Le Velly Gwenolé, Dutilly Céline, Ezzine de Blas Driss, Fernandez Chloé. 2015. PES as Compensation ? Redistribution of Payments for Forest Conservation in Mexican Common Forests. Clermont-Ferrand : CERDI, 25 p. (Etudes et documents, 28)

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Abstract : This article empirically explores the distribution of a Payments for Environmental Services (PES) scheme within Mexican forest communities. The PSA-H is a Mexican federal PES that has been remunerating communities for forest conservation since 2003. During the last decade, Mexico's National Forestry Commission [CONAFOR] has developed a complex targeting system in order to enroll forests owned by communities with certain socio-economic and ecological characteristics. In the present study we analyze the socio-economic characteristics and land use changes of recipients of the PSA-H to understand how the targeting objectives have been expressed in the field. We conducted a combined survey of 47 ejidos and 163 households in the south of the state of Yucatan – the Cono Sur region. We first investigate, at the ejido-level, what determines the unequal distribution of payments. Second, we analyze the amount of payment received depending on the characteristics of households. Our analysis shows that the way the PSA-H is being distributed by ejidatarios bypasses the initial compensation objective. As a matter of fact, the distribution of the payments reflects past land use trajectories. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés libres : PES, Mexico, Communities, Forest conservation, Economic compensation, Distribution of payments

Classification Agris : P01 - Nature conservation and land resources
K01 - Forestry - General aspects

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Le Velly Gwenolé, CERDI (FRA)
  • Dutilly Céline, CIRAD-ES-UMR SELMET (FRA)
  • Ezzine de Blas Driss, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (MEX)
  • Fernandez Chloé

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