Collective Local Payments for ecosystem services: New local PES between groups, sanctions, and prior watershed trust in Mexico
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© 2019 Elsevier B.V. Payments for ecosystem services (PES) programs are now high in number, if not always in impact. When groups of users pay groups of service providers, establishing PES involves collective action. We study the creation of collective PES institutions, and their continuation, as group coordination. We use framed lab-in-field experiments with hydroservices users and providers within watersheds participating in Mexico's Matching Funds program in Veracruz, Yucatan and Quintana Roo states. We explore the coordination of contributions between downstream users and upstream providers, plus effects of different types of sanctions that can affect expectations for both users and providers. Both information alone and sanctions raise contributions overall, although outcomes varied by site in line with our rankings of ‘watershed trust’. For instance, monetary sanctions raise contributions in the watershed we ranked high in trust, yet initially lowered them for the lowest-trust watershed. This suggests that upstream-downstream social capital will be central to new collective local PES, while our overall trends suggest social capital can be raised by successful coordination over time.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1016/j.wre.2019.01.002
Publication InfoPfaff, Alexander; Shapiro - Garza, Elizabeth; Rodriguez, LA; & Shapiro-Garza, E (2019). Collective Local Payments for ecosystem services: New local PES between groups, sanctions, and prior watershed trust in Mexico. Water Resources and Economics. pp. 100136-100136. 10.1016/j.wre.2019.01.002. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/19101.
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Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Alex Pfaff is a Professor of Public Policy, Economics and Environment. Trained as an economist, he is focused on how the environment and natural resources, economic development, and a range of policies influence each other. Research accessible at AlexPfaff.comHe has studied: impacts on forests of protected areas, incentives, roads, railroads and concessions/c
Associate Professor of the Practice of Environmental Policy and Management in the Division of Environmental Science and Policy
Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza is an Associate Professor of the Practice of Environmental Policy and Management at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University and serves as the Director for Community Engagement for the Duke University Superfund Research Center and the Director of the Certificate in Community-Based Environmental Management. She received her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley and her master's degree from Yale University. Shapiro-Garza's research focuses o
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