Advertisement

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
Chapter
Part of the Studies in Ecological Economics book series (SEEC, volume 4)

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Forest Owner Environmental Service Carbon Market Global Environment Facility Forestry Regent 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

References

  1. Barrantes, A. (2009). La organización del sector forestal en Costa Rica. Ambientico, 186, 3–5.Google Scholar
  2. Castro, R., Tattenbach, F., Gamez, L., & Olson, N. (2000). The Costa Rican experience with market instruments to mitigate climate change and conserve biodiversity. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 61, 75–92.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Corbera, E., Brown, K., & Adjer, W. (2007). The equity and legitimacy of markets for ecosystem services. Development and Change, 38, 587–613.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Corbera, E., Gonzalez Soberanis, C., & Brown, K. (2009). Institutional dimensions of payments for ecosystem services: An analysis of Mexico’s carbon forestry programme. Ecological Economics, 68(3), 743–761.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Daniels, A., Bastad, K., Esposito, V., Moulaert, A., & Rodriguez, C. M. (2010). Understanding the impacts of Costa Rica’s PES: Are we asking the right questions? Ecological Economics, 69(11), 2116–2126.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Engel, S., Pagiola, S., & Wunder, S. (2008). Designing payments for environmental services in theory and practice: An overview of the issues. Ecological Economics, 65, 663–674.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Farley, J., & Costanza, R. (2010). Payments for ecosystem services: From local to global. Ecological Economics, 69(11), 2060–2068.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. FONAFIFO. (2005). FONAFIFO: mas de una decada de accion. San José: FONAFIFO.Google Scholar
  9. Gobierno de Costa Rica. (1998). Estado de la Nación – Quinto informe. Costa Rica, San Jose.Google Scholar
  10. Hassenteufel, P. (2008). Sociologie politique: l’action publique. Paris: Armand Colin.Google Scholar
  11. Kemkes, R. J., Farley, J., & Koliba, C. J. (2010). Determining when payments are an effective policy approach to ecosystem service provision. Ecological Economics, 69(11), 2069–2074.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. Landell-Mills, N., & Porras, I. (2002). Silver bullet or fool’s gold? A global review of markets for forest environmental services and their impact on the poor. London: International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).Google Scholar
  13. Le Coq, J. F., Alonso, S., Sáenz-Segura, F., & Pesche, D. (2010a, November). Mitigation of climate change and agricultural/environmental policies: The Costa Rican paradox. Paper presented at the 117th Seminar of the European Association of Agricultural Economist, Stuttgart.Google Scholar
  14. Le Coq, J. F., Froger, G., Legrand, T., Pesche, D., & Saenz, F. (2010b, March). Payment for environmental services program in Costa Rica: A policy process analysis perspective. Paper presented at the 19th annual meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association, Houston.Google Scholar
  15. Le Coq, J. F., Pesche, D., Legrand, T., & Saenz, F. (2010c, June). Changement climatique et innovation dans les instruments de politiques publiques: le cas du programme de paiement pour services environnementaux au Costa Rica. Paper presented at the symposium Innovation and Sustainable Development in Agriculture, Montpellier.Google Scholar
  16. Legrand, T., Le Coq, J.-F., Froger, G., & Saenz, F. (2010). Emergence et usage de la notion de service environnemental au Costa Rica à travers le Programme de Paiements pour Services Environnementaux (PPSE) (Working Paper of the SERENA Project).Google Scholar
  17. Legrand, T., Froger, G., & Le Coq, J. F. (2011, November 10–12). Institutional performance of payments for environmental services: An analysis of the Costa Rican program for the conference payments for ecosystem services and their institutional dimension. Paper presented at the international conference Payments for Ecosystem Services and their institutional dimensions, Berlin.Google Scholar
  18. Madrigal Ballestero, R. (2009). Mecanismos de compensación relacionando bosques con agua en Centroamérica y El Caribe de habla hispana “Programa Nacional de Pagos por Servicios Ambientales en Costa Rica y su relación con la protección del recurso hídrico”. FAO-Facility. Retrieve from http://www.nfp-facility.org/19355-0c959df4ad8a3533607ef6697883fa4a6.pdf. Last accessed 21 Aug 2012.
  19. Morilhat, A. (2011). Génesis del programa de Pago por Servicios Ambientales en Costa Rica: una revisión y análisis de la Ley Forestal n°7575. rapport de stage IEP Aix-en-Provence-CIRAD.Google Scholar
  20. Muradian, R., Corbera, E., Unai, P., Kosoy, N., & May, P. (2010). Reconciling theory and practice: An alternative conceptual framework for understanding payments for environmental services. Ecological Economics, 69(6), 1245–1252.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  21. North, D. (1990). Institutions, institutional change and economic performance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  22. Pagiola, S., Bishop, J., & Landell-Mills, N. (2002). Selling forest environmental services: Market based mechanisms for conservation and development. London: Earthscan.Google Scholar
  23. Pagiola, S. (2008). Payments for environmental services in Costa Rica. Ecological Economics, 65(4), 712–724.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  24. Pascual, U., Muradian, R., Rodriguez, L., & Duraiappah, A. (2010). Exploring the links between equity and efficiency in payments for environmental services: A conceptual approach. Ecological Economics, 69(6), 1237–1244.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  25. Pattanayak, S., Wunder, S., & Ferraro, P. (2010). Show me the money: Do the payments supply environmental services in developing countries? Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 4(2), 254–274.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  26. Rojas, M., & Aylward, B. (2003). What are we learning from experiences with markets for environmental services in Costa Rica? A review and critique of the literature. London: International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).Google Scholar
  27. Sánchez-Azofeifa, A., Pfaff, A., Robalino, J., & Boomhower, J. (2007). Costa Rican payment for environmental services program: Intention, implementation and impact. Conservation Biology, 21(5), 1165–1173.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  28. Sabatier, P. A., & Jenkins-Smith, H. C. (Eds.). (1993). Policy change and learning. An advocacy coalition approach. Boulder: Westpoint Press.Google Scholar
  29. Sommerville, M., Jones, J. P. G., & Milner-Gulland, E. J. (2009). A revised conceptual framework for payments for environmental services. Ecology and Society, 14(2), 34. Retrieved from http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol14/iss2/art34
  30. Steinberg, P. F. (2001). Environmental leadership in developing countries. Transnational relations and biodiversity policy in Costa Rica and Bolivia. London: Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Google Scholar
  31. Vatn, A. (2010). An institutional analysis of payments for environmental services. Ecological Economics, 69(6), 1245–1252.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  32. Wunder, S. (2005). Payments for environmental services: Some nuts and bolts (Occasional Paper 42). Bogor: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).Google Scholar
  33. Wunder, S. (2007). The efficiency of payments for environmental services in tropical conservation. Conservation Biology, 21(1), 48–58.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  34. Wunder, S., Engel, S., & Pagiola, S. (2008). Taking stock: A comparative analysis of payments for environmental services programs in developed and developing countries. Ecological Economics, 65, 834–852.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  35. Zbinden, S., & Lee, D. (2005). Paying for environmental services: An analysis of participation in Costa Rica’s PSA program. World Development, 33, 255–272.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

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

Personalised recommendations