The Governance of Costa Rica’s Programme of Payments for Environmental Services: A Stakeholder’s Perspective

  • Jean-Francois Le CoqEmail author
  • Géraldine Froger
  • Thomas Legrand
  • Denis Pesche
  • Fernando Saenz-Segura
Part of the Studies in Ecological Economics book series (SEEC, volume 4)


The Costa Rican Payment for Environmental Services Program (PESP) was a pioneer programme to be developed using the notion of Environmental Services (ES). The PESP has been analysed as a very promising and innovating instrument for conservation purposes. As such, many scholars analysed the PESP and discussed its efficiency and its effects on poverty alleviation. In this chapter, we adopt an institutional framework to analyse the genesis and evolution of the PESP underlying the role of stakeholders. We show that PES governance is a social construction where many stakeholders are interacting to orient the objectives and functioning of the PESP towards their vision and interests. Indeed, the main decisions regarding the programme’s features reflect the state and evolution of forest stakeholders’ power balance and their learning process.


Forest Owner Environmental Service Carbon Market Global Environment Facility Forestry Regent 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-Francois Le Coq
    • 1
    Email author
  • Géraldine Froger
    • 2
  • Thomas Legrand
    • 2
  • Denis Pesche
    • 1
  • Fernando Saenz-Segura
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD) – UMR 5281 “Acteurs, Ressources et Territoires dans le développement” (ART-Dev)Montpellier Cedex 5France
  2. 2.Centre for the Study on Globalisation, Conflicts, Territories and Vulnerabilities (Cemotev)University of Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines (UVSQ)Guyancourt CedexFrance
  3. 3.Centro Internacional de Política Económica Para el Desarrollo Sostenible (CINPE) de la Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica (UNA), Lagunilla de HerediaHerediaCosta Rica

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