Payment for environmental services in agricultural landscapes: economic policies and poverty reduction in developing countries

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2009 - Business & Economics - 283 pages
In recent years, development policy has responded to an increasing concern about natural resource degradation by setting up innovative payment for environmental services (PES) programs in developing countries. PES programs use market and institutional incentives in order to meet both environmental and poverty alleviation objectives. However, their optimal design, implications for the rural poor, and how these initiatives integrate into international treaties on global warming and biodiversity loss are still being discussed. This book addresses these issues by examining analytical tools, providing policy insights and stimulating debate on linkages between poverty alleviation and environmental protection. In particular, it turns attention towards the role of environmental services in agricultural landscapes as they provide a living for many poor in developing countries.--Publisher's description.

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Introduction and Overview
Designing Payments for Environmental Services with Weak
Marketing Environmental Services

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About the author (2009)

Leslie Lipper is A Senior Environmental Economist at FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.) Over the past 8 years she has lead an economic research program on the analysis of seed systems and their impact on access, use and conservation of crop genetic diversity.

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