Payments for environmental services and control over natural resources: The role of public and private sectors in the conservation of the Nima watershed, Colombia

Rodríguez de Francisco, Jean Carlo and Budds, Jessica (2015) Payments for environmental services and control over natural resources: The role of public and private sectors in the conservation of the Nima watershed, Colombia. Ecological Economics, 117. pp. 295-302. ISSN 0921-8009

Full text not available from this repository. (Request a copy)

Abstract

In Latin America, payment for environmental services (PES) is a tool for watershed conservation that is becoming increasingly promoted by some government agencies, international development organisations and environmental NGOs. However, in pursuit of conservation, PES initiatives implemented at the watershed level may conceal the environmental impacts on local communities of private actors funding PES initiatives. Drawing on semi-structured interviews, focus groups and archival research in the Cauca Valley, Colombia, we present the case of a PES scheme in which several commercial water users paid for the conservation of the upper part of the Nima watershed as a means of securing the flow of water upon which they rely. We show how the scheme was predicated upon very selective interpretations of degradation and conservation, and the roles of those deemed responsible for them, that were mobilised by those groups paying for environmental services to the detriment of other water users.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: payment for environmental services,watershed conservation,water,power,colombia
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2016 00:16
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2020 01:37
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/59952
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2014.05.003

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item