Title
The cost of policy simplification in conservation incentive programs
Description
Incentive payments to private landowners provide a common strategy to conserve biodiversity and enhance the supply of goods and services from ecosystems. To deliver cost-effective improvements in biodiversity, payment schemes must trade-off inefficiencies that result from over-simplified policies with the administrative burden of implementing more complex incentive designs. We examine the effectiveness of different payment schemes using field parameterized, ecological economic models of extensive grazing farms. We focus on profit maximising farm management plans and use bird species as a policy-relevant indicator of biodiversity. Common policy simplifications result in a 49–100% loss in biodiversity benefits depending on the conservation target chosen. Failure to differentiate prices for conservation improvements in space is particularly problematic. Additional implementation costs that accompany more complicated policies are worth bearing even when these constitute a substantial proportion (70% or more) of the payments that would otherwise have been given to farmers.
URL
http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1461-0248.2012.01747.x
DOI
10.1111/j.1461-0248.2012.01747.x
Language
English
Author
Paul Armsworth
Co-author
Paul Wilson
Co-author
Nick Hanley
Co-author
Kevin Gaston
Co-author
Martin Dallimer
Co-author
Szvetlana Acs
Volume number
15
Issue number
5
Is this item peer reviewed?
Yes
ISSN
1461-023X
Publisher
Blackwell Publishing
Date of publication
01 May 2012
Page reference
406-414
Place of publication
Oxford
Has non-academic co-authors?
No
Has international co-authors?
Yes
For non-academic audience?
No
Is this item a pre-print or post-print?
Post-print
Title of journal
Ecology letters
Harvard
Armsworth, Paul et al (2012) The cost of policy simplification in conservation incentive programs. Ecology letters. 15 (5), pp. 406-414 Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
Vancouver
Armsworth Paul et al. The cost of policy simplification in conservation incentive programs. Ecology letters 2012; 15 (5): 406-414.