Prospects for Payments for Ecosystem Services in the Brazilian Pantanal: A Scenario Analysis
Journal of Environment and Development
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Schulz, C., Ioris, A., Martin-Ortega, J., & Glenk, K. (2015). Prospects for Payments for Ecosystem Services in the Brazilian Pantanal: A Scenario Analysis. Journal of Environment and Development, 24 (1), 26-53. https://doi.org/10.1177/1070496514548580
© The Author(s) 2014 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav. The present study investigates the prospects for a large-scale implementation of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes in the Brazilian Pantanal wetland. Despite increasing environmental threats associated with development pressures and the growing interest of public and private organizations, no PES schemes are currently in place in the Pantanal. Through an exploratory scenario analysis, this article determines the prospects for PES in the area. The findings suggest that a large-scale implementation is unlikely, as this would require much higher levels of environmental awareness among local decision makers and low substitution rates of ecosystem services by technology. Furthermore, strong socioeconomic inequality between inhabitants of the Pantanal lowlands and wealthy farmers of the neighboring uplands means that potential suppliers of ecosystem services would face very high opportunity costs to participate in PES schemes. The research findings are also relevant to other environmentally sensitive regions experiencing rapid economic growth and weak environmental regulation.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1070496514548580
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/286906