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Better RED than dead: paying the people for environmental services in Amazonia

Hall, Anthony (2008) Better RED than dead: paying the people for environmental services in Amazonia. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 363 (1498). pp. 1925-1932. ISSN 0962-8436

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Abstract

The introduction of payments for environmental services (PES) offers an opportunity for traditional and indigenous populations to be compensated for contributing to carbon sequestration in meeting the challenge of ameliorating global warming. As one mechanism among several for promoting biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, pro-poor PES initiatives could eventually be incorporated into an international post-Koyoto framework to encourage reduced emissions from deforestation. Brazil's Proambiente PES scheme for small farmers in Amazonia has enjoyed some limited success, but it has fallen short of expectations. Its performance has been undermined by the lack of a national legal framework, limited funding, reduced implementation capacity, poor cross-sector collaboration and incompatibility with existing regional development policies. These challenges are being addressed by the federal government in cooperation with civil society with a view to scaling up Proambiente into a national programme.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://publishing.royalsociety.org/index.cfm?page=...
Additional Information: © 2008 The Royal Society
Library of Congress subject classification: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2008 09:08
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/21241/

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