Title
Payments for ecosystem services and the fatal attraction of win-win solutions Payments for ecosystem services and the fatal attraction of win-win solutions
Author
Faculty/Department
Institute of Development Policy and Management
Publication type
article
Publication
Subject
Biology
Source (journal)
Conservation Letters
Volume/pages
6(2013) :4 , p. 274-279
ISSN
1755-263X
ISI
000323041600007
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
In this commentary we critically discuss the suitability of payments for ecosystem services and the most important challenges they face. While such instruments can play a role in improving environmental governance, we argue that over-reliance on payments as win-win solutions might lead to ineffective outcomes, similar to earlier experience with integrated conservation and development projects. Our objective is to raise awareness, particularly among policy makers and practitioners, about the limitations of such instruments and to encourage a dialogue about the policy contexts in which they might be appropriate.
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