Selling Forest Environmental Services: Market-Based Mechanisms for Conservation and Development

Selling Forest Environmental Services: Market-Based Mechanisms for Conservation and Development

by JoshuaBishop (Editor), StefanoPagiola (Editor), NatashaLandel-Mills (Editor)


The risks posed by forest destruction throughout the world are highly significant for all. Not only are forests a critical source of timber and non-timber forest products, but they provide environmental services that are the basis of life on Earth. However, only rarely do beneficiaries pay for the goods and services they experience, and there are severe consequences as a result for the poor and for the forests themselves. It has proved difficult to translate the theory of market-based approaches into practice. Based on extensive research and case studies of biodiversity conservation, watershed protected and carbon sequestration, this book demonstrates how payment systems can be established in practice, their effectiveness and their implications for the poor.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
Publisher: Earthscan Ltd
Published: 03 Aug 2002

ISBN 10: 1853838888
ISBN 13: 9781853838880

Media Reviews
'A valuable contribution to the field of development and environmental studies.' Development and Change 'This book makes an invaluable contribution to advancing that debate and bringing sustainable forest one step closer.' Richard McNally, Economics and Global Policy, WWF-UK 'The success stories laid out here... point to strategic directions that will carry us to a future that brings ecological, economic, and social approaches together and maintain forests in the landscape. From the Forword by Michael Jenkins, Executive Director, Forest Trends
Author Bio
Stefano Pagiola is senior environmental economist in the Environment Department of the World Bank. Joshua Bishop is the director of the Environmental Economics Programme at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Natasha Landell-Mills is a research associate of the Environmental Programme at IIED.