Aligning 'public good' environmental stewardship with the landscape-scale: Adapting MBIs for private land conservation policy

Cooke, B and Moon, K 2015, 'Aligning 'public good' environmental stewardship with the landscape-scale: Adapting MBIs for private land conservation policy', Ecological Economics, vol. 114, pp. 152-158.


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Title Aligning 'public good' environmental stewardship with the landscape-scale: Adapting MBIs for private land conservation policy
Author(s) Cooke, B
Moon, K
Year 2015
Journal name Ecological Economics
Volume number 114
Start page 152
End page 158
Total pages 7
Publisher Elsevier BV
Abstract Market-based instruments (MBIs) are rapidly becoming a dominant characteristic of the policy landscape for private land conservation in Australia and elsewhere. Price-based MBIs are considered attractive to landholders, who are provided with financial payments for the delivery of defined ecological outcomes on their land, and for policy-making, where ecological return on investment can be measured quantitatively. Consequently, MBIs are commonly used to promote competitive, individualized approaches to improve ecological values, framed around the property-scale. We are concerned that there is a tension between the property-centric focus of price-based MBI programs and the need for environmental management policy and practice to reflect landscape-scale social-ecological processes. Targeting MBI programs at individual properties could risk generating insufficient public good conservation benefits, if those programs fail to reflect the relationship between landscape-scale processes and property-scale conservation efforts. To remedy the neglect of the landscape scale in private land conservation MBI policy, we develop a definition of stewardship that directly connects landscape-scale ecological function to the 'public good' dimension of stewardship. We apply this over-arching definition to demonstrate how MBI programs can deliver on the goal of landscape-scale conservation, and to suggest when MBIs might not be well suited to achieving private land conservation objectives
Subject Human Geography not elsewhere classified
Environmental Management
Keyword(s) Stewardship
Private land conservation policy
Market-based instruments
Public good
Landscape scale
Collaborative management
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2015.03.027
Copyright notice © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved
ISSN 0921-8009
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