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

  • Abdon Schmitt
  • Joshua Farley
  • Juan Alvez
  • Gisele Alarcon
  • Paola May Rebollar
Part of the Studies in Ecological Economics book series (SEEC, volume 4)


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.


Ecosystem Service Public Good Carbon Sequestration Global Public Good Flood Regulation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abdon Schmitt
    • 2
  • Joshua Farley
    • 1
  • Juan Alvez
    • 3
  • Gisele Alarcon
    • 2
  • Paola May Rebollar
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Community Development and Applied EconomicsUniversity of VermontBurlingtonUSA
  2. 2.Departamento de Zootecnia e Desenvolvimento Rural, Centro de Ciencias AgrariasUniversidade Federal de Santa CatarinaFlorianopolisBrazil
  3. 3.Rubenstein School of Natural Resources and the EnvironmentUniversity of VermontBurlingtonUSA

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