Lessons Learned from Mexico's Payment for Environmental Services Program

by Jennifer Alix-Garcia; Alain Janvry; Elisabeth Sadoulet; Juan Manuel

Jan 1, 2009
This chapter outlines the evolution of Mexico's payments for hydrological services program from its inception through the first 2 years of the program's implementation. Background information on forests, deforestation, and potential environmental services provide context for a political economy analysis of the path the program traveled through Mexico's legislative and administrative structures. We also analyze the characteristics of the recipients during the first 2 years, including results from a survey of participants and community case studies. A final section extracts lessons from the Mexican experience, including possible alternative program designs to address some of the problems encountered in its implementation.
Lessons Learned from Mexico's Payment for Environmental Services Program


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