Editor Catherine Tucker
Payments for ecosystem services and the fatal attraction of win-win solutions
Article first published online: 23 JAN 2013
©2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 6, Issue 4, pages 274–279, July/August 2013
How to Cite
Muradian, R., Arsel, M., Pellegrini, L., Adaman, F., Aguilar, B., Agarwal, B., Corbera, E., Ezzine de Blas, D., Farley, J., Froger, G., Garcia-Frapolli, E., Gómez-Baggethun, E., Gowdy, J., Kosoy, N., Le Coq, J.F., Leroy, P., May, P., Méral, P., Mibielli, P., Norgaard, R., Ozkaynak, B., Pascual, U., Pengue, W., Perez, M., Pesche, D., Pirard, R., Ramos-Martin, J., Rival, L., Saenz, F., Van Hecken, G., Vatn, A., Vira, B. and Urama, K. (2013), Payments for ecosystem services and the fatal attraction of win-win solutions. Conservation Letters, 6: 274–279. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2012.00309.x
Editor in Chief note This article inspired an alternative viewpoint presented by S. Wunder on page 230.
- Issue published online: 13 AUG 2013
- Article first published online: 23 JAN 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 26 NOV 2012 09:20AM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 8 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Received: 18 JUL 2012
- Market-based policy tools;
- payments for ecosystem services;
- enviromental governace;
- integrated conservation and development projects;
- ecosystem services
In this commentary we critically discuss the suitability of payments for ecosystem services and the most important challenges they face. While such instruments can play a role in improving environmental governance, we argue that over-reliance on payments as win-win solutions might lead to ineffective outcomes, similar to earlier experience with integrated conservation and development projects. Our objective is to raise awareness, particularly among policy makers and practitioners, about the limitations of such instruments and to encourage a dialogue about the policy contexts in which they might be appropriate.