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Title (Primary) An agglomeration payment for cost-effective biodiversity conservation in spatially structured landscapes
Title (Secondary) Modelling for environment’s sake : Proceedings of the Fifth Biennial Conference of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs 2010); Ottawa, Canada, July 5-8, 2010
Author Drechsler, M.; Wätzold, F.; Johst, K.; Shogren, J.F.;
Publisher Swayne, D.A.; Yang, W.; Voinov, A.A.; Rizzoli, A.; Filatova, T.;
Year 2010
Department OESA;
Volume Vol. 1
Language englisch;
Keywords agglomeration bonus; biodiversity conservation; cost-effectiveness, ecologicaleconomic modelling; spatial heterogeneity.
Abstract

Connected habitats are ecologically more valuable than isolated habitats for many species. A key challenge when designing payments for biodiversity in fragmented landscapes is to increase the spatial connectivity of habitats. Based on the idea of an agglomeration bonus we consider a scheme in which land-owners only receive payments if habitats are arranged in an ecologically favourable configuration. We compare the costeffectiveness of agglomeration payments to spatially homogeneous payments on a conceptual level. Our results suggest that positive efficiency gains exist for agglomeration payments. We use Large Blue butterfly habitat in Germany as a specific case study, and find the agglomeration payments may lead to cost-savings of nearly 70 percent relative to homogenous payments.

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Persistent UFZ Identifier http://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=16543
Drechsler, M., Wätzold, F., Johst, K., Shogren, J.F. (2010):
An agglomeration payment for cost-effective biodiversity conservation in spatially structured landscapes
In: Swayne, D.A., Yang, W., Voinov, A.A., Rizzoli, A., Filatova, T. (eds.)
Modelling for environment’s sake : Proceedings of the Fifth Biennial Conference of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs 2010); Ottawa, Canada, July 5-8, 2010
Vol. 1
International Environmental Modelling and Software Society, p. 748 - 756