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Title:A model-based approach for designing cost-effective compensation payments for conservation of endangered species in real landscapes PDF Logo
Authors:Drechsler, Martin
Wätzold, Frank
Johst, Karin
Bergmann, Holger
Settele, Josef
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:UFZ-Diskussionspapiere 2/2005
Abstract:An approach is present which integrates an economic and an ecological model for designing cost-effective compensation payments for conservation of endangered species in real landscapes. The approach is used to develop a cost-effective compensation payment scheme for conservation of an endangered butterfly species (Maculinea teleius) protected by the EU Habitats Directive in the region of Landau, Germany. The economic model determines the costs of relevant conservation measures mowing meadows at different times and frequencies - and the ecological model quantifies the effects of these mowing regimes on the butterfly population. By comparing the ecological effects of different mowing regimes, the cost-effective regime and the corresponding payments are determined as a function of the conservation budget. The results of the case study are used to analyse the effect of metapopulation dynamics on the cost-effectiveness of compensation payment schemes, to evaluate an existing scheme in the region of Landau and to draw conclusions for the institutional design of payment schemes.
Subjects:Conservation
biodiversity
metapopulation
cost-effectiveness
ecological-economic modelling
JEL:Q20
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:UFZ-Diskussionspapiere, Fachbereich Sozialwissenschaften, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung (UFZ)

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