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Reconciling Biodiversity and Development through Direct Payments for Conservation (ReDirect)

DEV Key Contact: Bereket Kebede

Project Dates: 2007 to 2012

Project Status: Open


Payments for environment services (PES) are becoming important policy instruments in conservation in both rich and developing countries.  Reconciling conservation objectives with poverty alleviation concerns is also increasingly becoming a policy challenge.  This project uses an experimental PES in the Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda to assess the effectiveness of PES in a developing country context. A successful implementation of any conservation project requires understanding the social norms of cooperation and fairness among the participating communities.  This project uses public good games and different versions of experimental games on fairness to assess the level of cooperation and fairness related social norms in the project area.  The experimental data are collected side-by-side with others forms of information (household surveys, qualitative data collection, threat monitoring, etc.).

DEV Researchers:

Adrian Martin

Shawn McGuire

Nicole Gross-Camp

Partner Organisations:

Rwandan Development Board, Tourism & Conservation (RDB)

Selected Outputs:

Gross-Camp, N. D., A. Martin, S. McGuire, B. Kebede and J. Munyarukaza, "PES in an African protected area: exploring issues of legitimacy, fairness, equity & effectiveness", Oryx, Vol. 46, No. 1, pp. 24-33, 2012

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