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Governing the Provision of Ecosystem Services

Volume 4 of the series Studies in Ecological Economics pp 333-355

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Integrating Agroecology with Payments for Ecosystem Services in Santa Catarina’s Atlantic Forest

  • Abdon SchmittAffiliated withDepartamento de Zootecnia e Desenvolvimento Rural, Centro de Ciencias Agrarias, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
  • , Joshua FarleyAffiliated withDepartment of Community Development and Applied Economics, University of Vermont Email author 
  • , Juan AlvezAffiliated withRubenstein School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Vermont
  • , Gisele AlarconAffiliated withDepartamento de Zootecnia e Desenvolvimento Rural, Centro de Ciencias Agrarias, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
  • , Paola May RebollarAffiliated withDepartamento de Zootecnia e Desenvolvimento Rural, Centro de Ciencias Agrarias, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

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Abstract

There are no longer acceptable trade-offs between agriculture and ecosystem services: Both are essential and at risk. Agroecology may be uniquely capable of providing both. However, there are real costs to promoting agroecology that someone must pay, but any payment scheme must recognize that many of the services provided as well as the resources required to provide them are both public goods. Payments to individual farmers do little to provide these services, especially if they are contingent upon provision. Public sector investments are required. Since the public goods provided by these investments cross political boundaries, payments for these investments should flow from those governments or collective institutions that benefit to those that will provide the services, supplementing resources invested by the latter.