Payments for ecosystem services as a policy mix: Demonstrating the institutional analysis and development framework on conservation policy instruments

Barton David N., Benavides Karla, Chacon-Cascante Adriana, Le Coq Jean-François, Miranda Quiros Miriam, Porras Ina, Primmer Eeva, Ring Irene. 2017. Payments for ecosystem services as a policy mix: Demonstrating the institutional analysis and development framework on conservation policy instruments. Environmental Policy and Governance, 27 (5), n.spéc. Policy Mixes: Aligning instruments for biodiversity conservation and ecosystem service provision : pp. 404-421.

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Abstract : Policy mix analysis has been applied in research on energy, climate, urban and transport policy, and more recently biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services. However, policy mix analysis has thus far been employed at a high conceptual level, focusing on describing interactions between instrument types. Policy mix analysis rarely describes instrument 'structure' or functional characteristics in a way that would answer the question 'what constitutes an instrument'? We describe how the rules-in-use taxonomy of the Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) framework, developed for research on common pool resource management, can be used to characterize conservation policy instrument interactions. We demonstrate the approach on the well-known payments for ecosystem services (PES) program in Costa Rica and cross-compliance policies, arguing that PES is a policy mix rather than a single economic instrument. Our analysis shows how design features of PES described in the economics literature map to 'rules-in-use' in the IAD framework. The framework provides a terminology for defining what constitutes institutional context, comparing economic, regulatory and information instruments, and studying their interactions. The rules-in-use taxonomy of IAD is a 'structural' diagnostic approach, which needs to be combined with other tools that analyse the role and 'agency' of actors, as part of integrative environmental governance research. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Protection de l'environnement, services écosystémiques, Montant compensatoire, Financement, Gouvernance, Politique de l'environnement, approches participatives, économie de l'environnement

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Costa Rica

Mots-clés libres : Costa Rica, Economic instrument, Functional role, Institutional analysis and development (IAD), Integrative environmental governance, Market-based instrument, Payment for ecosystem services, Payment for environmental services, Rules-in-use

Classification Agris : P01 - Nature conservation and land resources
E14 - Development economics and policies
E11 - Land economics and policies
C30 - Documentation and information

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

Agence(s) de financement européenne(s) : European Commission

Programme de financement européen : FP7

Projet(s) de financement européen(s) : Assessing the role of economic instruments in policy mixes for biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services provision

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Barton David N., NINA (NOR)
  • Benavides Karla, OTM (CRI)
  • Chacon-Cascante Adriana, UCR (CRI)
  • Le Coq Jean-François, CIRAD-ES-UMR ART-DEV (COL) ORCID: 0000-0003-1084-1973
  • Miranda Quiros Miriam, OTM (CRI)
  • Porras Ina, IIED (GBR)
  • Primmer Eeva, Finnish Environment Institute (FIN)
  • Ring Irene, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (DEU)

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