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Institutional dimensions of Payments for Ecosystem Services: An analysis of Mexico's carbon forestry programme

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Corbera, E., Soberanis, C.G. & Brown, K. 2009, "Institutional dimensions of Payments for Ecosystem Services: An analysis of Mexico's carbon forestry programme", Ecological Economics, vol. 68, no. 3, pp. 743-761.

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  • School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, UK
  • Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, UK
  • Overseas Development Group, University of East Anglia, UK

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Ecological Economics

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  • In recent years, Mexico has established a payment for environmental service (PES) program where governments pay rural communities and farmers for environmental service provisions: water quality, carbon fixation, biodiversity, etc.
  • These PES programs have been more effective when designed by both providers and users collaboratively. In 2004, the Mexican government developed the program Payments for Carbon, Biodiversity and Agro-forestry Services (PSA-CABSA).
  • In four rural communities receiving carbon payments from the PSA-CABSA program, the authors conducted focus group exercised to document the participants' perception of the program.
  • Unlike top down approaches, this program resulted from peasant and forest-based organizations lobbying for a PES program.
  • Applications were numerous but many were rejected due to various factors.
  • The authors observed that the implementation of the project for those accepted had been moving very slowly.
  • Results indicated that 46.9% of interviewed people believed that the PSA-CABSA income was important for their livelihoods.
  • Interviewees appreciated that the program reinforces the idea that forest conservation can provide both timber and other services.


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