Global Biodiversity Finance
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Global Biodiversity Finance

The Case for International Payments for Ecosystem Services

Edited by Joshua Bishop and Chloe Hill

Global Biodiversity Finance sets out the case for scaling up Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) at the international level. The book explores how International Payments for Ecosystem Services (IPES) can help capture the global willingness-to-pay for biodiversity, and how the resulting revenues can be used efficiently to encourage conservation and the sustainable supply of ecosystem services, on which we all depend. This timely volume includes examples of promising initiatives from around the world, supporting an agenda for action to make IPES a reality.
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Chapter 4: Household demand for international ecosystem services: a Swiss case study

Andrea Baranzini, Anne-Kathrin Faust and David Huberman


● A contingent valuation survey conducted in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2007 showed that almost three-quarters of respondents ranked carbon storage as the most important contribution of tropical forests, followed by biodiversity maintenance/conservation, and then natural resource provision to local communities. ● Participants in the survey indicated that developed countries should contribute the most to the financing of tropical forests conservation and the ecosystem services they provide. Respondents also expressed a relatively high willingness to pay to support such conservation efforts. ● A majority of respondents indicated that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the United Nations should preferably manage any conservation funds collected via the payment vehicles proposed. ● Citizens who attached a high importance to biodiversity conservation expressed a willingness to contribute more to a proposed international forest conservation programme. ● The same association was not observed with respect to the ecosystem service of carbon sequestration, suggesting that Geneva citizens were more sensitive to the biodiversity benefits of forest conservation projects.

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