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Policy Innovations for Private Forest Management and Conservation in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is a leader in innovative forest conservation and management policies, including a program of direct payments to private forest landowners for environmental services. This approach is widely advocated but rarely implemented, and thus the Costa Rican experience constitutes a valuable real-world policy experiment. We discuss the motivation for this program, its domestic and international funding sources, and the structure of contracts with landowners. The successes and challenges facing the Costa Rican program offer insights for other countries–both developed and developing–regarding policies for private forest management.

Keywords: biodiversity; deforestation; environmental management; environmental services; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; international forestry; natural resource management; natural resources

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Assistant Professor Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota, 115 Green Hall, 1530 Cleveland Avenue North, St. Paul, MN, 55108, 2: Senior Economist Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, 3: Assistant Professor Department of Forestry, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, 4: Assistant Director Hardwood Research Cooperative, Department of Forestry, North Carolina State University, Raleigh,

Publication date: 2003-07-01

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