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“I like to conserve the forest, but I also like the cash”. Socioeconomic factors influencing the motivation to be engaged in the Mexican Payment for Environmental Services Programme

Fernanda Figueroa, Departamento de Ecología y Recursos Naturales, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico, Ángela Caro-Borrero, Departamento de Ecología y Recursos Naturales, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico, angelacaro23@gmail.com Daniel Revollo-Fernández, Becario del Programa de Becas Posdoctorales en la UNAM, Centro Regional de Investigaciones Multidisciplinarias, UNAM, Mexico, Leticia Merino, Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico, Lucía Almeida-Leñero, Departamento de Ecología y Recursos Naturales, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico, Luisa Paré, Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico, Dulce Espinosa, Posgrado en Antropología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico, Marisa Mazari-Hiriart, Instituto de Ecología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico,
 
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Fernanda Figueroa, Ángela Caro-Borrero, Daniel Revollo-Fernández, Leticia Merino, Lucía Almeida-Leñero, Luisa Paré, Dulce Espinosa and Marisa Mazari-Hiriart (2016), "“I like to conserve the forest, but I also like the cash”. Socioeconomic factors influencing the motivation to be engaged in the Mexican Payment for Environmental Services Programme", Journal of Forest Economics: Vol. 22: No. 1, pp 36-51. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jfe.2015.11.002

Published: 0/1/2016
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Forest conservationIncomeIndigenous communitiesLand-boundary conflictsSocial marginalizationTrainingWelfare
 

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In this article:
Introduction
The Mexican Payment for Environmental Services Programme
The motives for involvement in the PES programmes
Methods
Results and discussion
Conclusion

Abstract

Two of the main motives for people to be engaged in the Mexican Payment for Environmental Services (PES) programme are forest conservation and the income received from the programme. We explore the socioeconomic conditions that support choosing these motives. We used data from a 2012 nationwide survey, processed through logit models. Significant factors influencing the desire to conserve as a motive were family welfare improvement, land use change intention, and training. Those affecting income as a motive were formal education, indigenous people participation and training. Finally, factors related to both conservation and income, as a motive, were formal education, training, PES influence in water management, and land boundary conflicts. Income and conservation are not mutually exclusive motives for engagement in the programme, given that in developing countries income from PES may reduce the socioeconomic pressures triggering land use change, and has a role in conservation efforts, already present in many rural communities.

DOI:10.1016/j.jfe.2015.11.002