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Title (Primary) Assessing the role of economic instruments in a policy mix for biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services provision: a review of some methodological challenges
Title (Secondary) GoverNat conference on Governance of Natural Resources in a Multi-Level Context, 20 - 22 January 2010, Leipzig, Germany
Author Ring, I.; Barton, D.N.; Rusch, G.; May, P.; Unnerstall, H.; Santos, R.; Antunes, P.; Brouwer, R.; Grieg-Gran, M.; Similä, J.; Primmer, E.; Romeiro, A.; DeClerck, F.; Ibrahim, M.;
Year 2010
Department OEKON; UPR;
Language englisch;
Keywords Biodiversity; ecosystem services; policy mix; social ecological systems; payments for environmental services; ecological fiscal transfers
Abstract In this paper we review a number of methodological challenges of evaluating and designing economic instruments aimed at biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services provision in an existing policy mix. In the context of the EU 2010 goal of halting biodiversity loss, researchers have been called upon to evaluate the role of economic instruments for costeffective decision-making, as well as non-market methods to assess their benefits. We argue 2 that cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) and non-market valuation (NMV) methods are necessary, but not sufficient, approaches to assessing the role of economic instruments in a policy mix. We review the principles of "social-ecological-systems" (SES) (Ostrom 2007)and discuss how SES can complement economic cost and benefit assessment methods, inparticular in policy design research. To illustrate our conceptual comparison of assessment methodologies, we look at two examples of economic instruments at different government levels - payments for ecosystem services (PES) at farm level and ecological fiscal transfers to municipal /county government. Which policy design issues can cost-effectiveness analysis and non-market valuation methods address for these two instruments? What conceptual problems are introduced when evaluating policies in an instrument mix? How can the SES framework complement CEA and NMV in policy assessment and design? We draw on experiences from Brazil and Costa Rica to exemplify these questions. We conclude with some research questions.
ID 10431
Persistent UFZ Identifier http://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=10431
Ring, I., Barton, D.N., Rusch, G., May, P., Unnerstall, H., Santos, R., Antunes, P., Brouwer, R., Grieg-Gran, M., Similä, J., Primmer, E., Romeiro, A., DeClerck, F., Ibrahim, M. (2010):
Assessing the role of economic instruments in a policy mix for biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services provision: a review of some methodological challenges
GoverNat conference on Governance of Natural Resources in a Multi-Level Context, 20 - 22 January 2010, Leipzig, Germany
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