The effectiveness of payments for environmental services

Börner Jan, Baylis Kathy, Corbera Esteve, Ezzine de Blas Driss, Honey-Rosés Jordi, Persson U. Martin, Wunder Sven. 2017. The effectiveness of payments for environmental services. World Development, 96 : pp. 359-374.

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Quartile : Q1, Sujet : PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT / Quartile : Q1, Sujet : ECONOMICS

Liste HCERES des revues (en SHS) : oui

Thème(s) HCERES des revues (en SHS) : Economie-gestion; Science politique

Abstract : We adopt a theory-based approach to synthesize research on the effectiveness of payments for environmental services in achieving environmental objectives and socio-economic co-benefits in varying contexts. Our theory of change builds on established conceptual models of impact pathways and highlights the role of (1) contextual dimensions (e.g., political, institutional, and socio-economic conditions, spatial heterogeneity in environmental service values and provision costs, and interactions with pre-existing policies), and (2) scheme design (e.g., payment type and level, contract length, targeting, and differentiation of payments) in determining environmental and socio-economic outcomes. To shed light on the overall effectiveness of payment schemes, and its determinants, we review counterfactual-based empirical evaluations, comparative analyses of case-studies, and meta-analyses. Our review suggests that program effectiveness often lags behind the expectations of early theorists. However, we also find that theory has advanced sufficiently to identify common reasons for why payment schemes fail or succeed. Moreover, payment schemes are often rolled out along with other policy instruments in so-called policy mixes. Advances in theory and evaluation research are needed to improve our understanding of how such policy mixes interact with the targeted social-ecological systems. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Déboisement, Forêt, services écosystémiques, Montant compensatoire, Utilisation des terres, Moyens d'existence, Emploi, économie de l'environnement, Politique de l'environnement, Évaluation de l'impact, Impact sur l'environnement, Économie rurale, gestion des ressources naturelles, Développement rural

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Costa Rica, Mexique, Chine, États-Unis

Classification Agris : P01 - Nature conservation and land resources
K01 - Forestry - General aspects
K70 - Forest injuries and protection
E11 - Land economics and policies
E50 - Rural sociology
E14 - Development economics and policies

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 6 (2014-2018) - Sociétés, natures et territoires

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Börner Jan, University of Bonn (DEU)
  • Baylis Kathy, University of Illinois (USA)
  • Corbera Esteve, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (ESP)
  • Ezzine de Blas Driss, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (MEX)
  • Honey-Rosés Jordi, University of British Columbia (CAN)
  • Persson U. Martin, Chalmers University of Technology (SWE)
  • Wunder Sven, CIFOR (PER)

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