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Capturing ecosystem service opportunities: a practice-oriented framework for selecting economic instruments in order to enhance biodiversity and human livelihoods

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Rode, Julian; Wittmer, Heidi; Emerton, Lucy; Schröter-Schlaack, Christoph

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Corporate Editor Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ
Abstract Practitioners in the fields of sustainable development, land management, and biodiversity conservation are increasingly interested in using economic instruments that promise “win-win” solutions for conservation and human livelihoods. However, practitioners often lack guidance for selecting and implementing suitable economic approaches that take the specific local needs and the cultural, legal, and ecological context into account. This paper extracts from the academic debate a series of key aspects to be considered by practitioners who wish to accomplish change of behaviour via economic approaches. The paper then presents a practice-oriented framework for identifying the “ecosystem service opportunities” to conserve biodiversity and improve livelihoods in a specific local setting, and for preselecting suitable economic instruments. The framework is illustrated by describing its application in two pilot sites of the ECO-BEST project in Thailand, as part of which it was developed and road-tested.
Keywords sustainable development; conservation; biodiversity; ecological system; behavior modification; motivation; environmental policy
Classification Ecology, Environment
Free Keywords conservation management; ecosystem services; economic instruments; assessment framework
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
City Leipzig
Page/Pages 29 p.
Series UFZ Discussion Papers, 3/2015
ISSN 1436-140X
Status Published Version
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike