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Paying for Environmental Stewardship  

Paying for Environmental Stewardship. Using Markets and Common-Pool Property to Reduce Rural Poverty while Enhancing Conservation

Two of the 21st century?s most important challenges are the elimination of absolute poverty and the sustainable management of the environment. However, these challenges are rarely linked in policy or practice. The failure to address poverty alleviation and environmental sustainability in a holistic manner is a reflection of flawed conventional wisdom. Decision makers have traditionally believed that environmental sustainability is not an important concern of the poor, is not tied to poverty, and is a luxury that can only be addressed once higher levels of income are attained. These views are incorrect. This paper will demonstrate that there are many ways that environmental improvements can help the poor, and that poverty alleviation can go hand-in-hand with achieving a better environment. To achieve these goals, decision-makers need a deeper and clearer understanding of the value of environmental services and the role that poor people can play in enhancing those services. We will explore innovative ways to increase the rural poor?s control over natural resources and their capacity to manage those resources sustainably. In addition, we will examine how markets can be manipulated to engage people in environmental stewardship and compensate them for their progress.

Uploaded on: Mar 2006
File size: 623 KB - Language: English
Keyword(s): Natural Resources Management , Resource/Environment Economics
Category: Environment