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Title (Primary) An agglomeration payment for cost-effective biodiversity conservation in spatially structured landscapes
Author Drechsler, M.; Johst, K.; Wätzold, F.; Shogren, J.F.;
Journal Resource and Energy Economics
Year 2010
Department OEKON; OESA;
Volume 32
Issue 2
Language englisch;
Keywords Agglomeration bonus; Biodiversity conservation; Cost-effectiveness; Ecological-economic modelling; Metapopulation; 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 cost-effectiveness 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% relative to homogenous payments.
ID 9894
Persistent UFZ Identifier http://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=9894
Drechsler, M., Johst, K., Wätzold, F., Shogren, J.F. (2010):
An agglomeration payment for cost-effective biodiversity conservation in spatially structured landscapes
Resour. Energy Econ. 32 (2), 261 - 275