Beyond payments for ecosystem services: considerations of trust, livelihoods and tenure security in community-based conservation projects

Davis, A. and Goldman, M. J. (2019) Beyond payments for ecosystem services: considerations of trust, livelihoods and tenure security in community-based conservation projects. Oryx, 53(3), pp. 491-496. (doi:10.1017/S0030605317000898)

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Abstract

In the search for successful community-based conservation models there has been a substantial focus on payment for ecosystem services. Such payments are measurable inputs that are often associated with conservation success. A closer look suggests a more complex, historically and culturally contingent picture. We argue that a focus on payment for ecosystem services as a defining factor for success in community conservation risks overlooking other, more significant processes. In particular, we argue for the importance of (1) tenure and livelihood security and (2) relations of trust, communication and respect. We draw on case studies from East Africa, but the findings are relevant for global community-based conservation endeavours.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This research was supported in part by the National Science Foundation (#0602034 and #0921507).
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Davis, Dr Alicia
Authors: Davis, A., and Goldman, M. J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:Oryx
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:0030-6053
ISSN (Online):1365-3008
Published Online:15 August 2017

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