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Payments for Environmental Services in Upper-Catchments of Vietnam: Will it Help the Poorest?

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dc.contributor.author Jourdain, Damien
dc.contributor.author Tai, Do Anh
dc.contributor.author Quang, Dang Dinh
dc.contributor.author Pandey, Sushil
dc.date.accessioned 2009-10-07T13:20:39Z
dc.date.available 2009-10-07T13:20:39Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5020
dc.description.abstract "In Asia, there is a surge of interest in the development of Payments for Environmental Services (PES) programs. They represent a new approach that focuses directly on creating a conditional benefit transfer between providers and beneficiaries of environmental services. More specifically, in Vietnam, a Fund for the Protection and Development of Forestry has been recently established that puts in place the mechanisms for the payment of fees by downstream users of watershed services to finance forestry projects in the upper-catchments. This paper reviews the potential response of upland farming households to a PES scheme that rewards them to set aside part of land for the production of environmental services. We examine the viability of PES schemes targeted at agricultural households of the upper catchments in Northern Vietnam. We focus our attention on households identified as the poorest in the upper-catchment areas, i.e. those with a small endowment of productive land, limited access to water for irrigation, and low access to markets. We find that farmers are unlikely to participate in a voluntary land retirement program unless they are ‘compensated’ for the loss in food production and a ‘forced’ set aside program is likely to generate an overall negative impact on both poverty and environmental protection. Development and dissemination of improved technologies that increase food yields is a complementary strategy to promote environmental protection." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject environmental services en_US
dc.subject modeling en_US
dc.subject poverty en_US
dc.subject land tenure and use en_US
dc.title Payments for Environmental Services in Upper-Catchments of Vietnam: Will it Help the Poorest? en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region East Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country Vietnam en_US
dc.subject.sector Land Tenure & Use en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal International Journal of the Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 3 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 64-81 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 1 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth May en_US

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