More than just Economics

This study examines the Payment for Environment Services scheme in Cidnau, Indonesia. It investigates whether the farmers respond to payments and change their land use decisions accordingly. What is interesting is that the results of the study suggests that land use patterns are not dependent only on economic incentives but rather on local social context, traditions and economic dependency on forests. It highlights the importance of social factors and contexts in environmental decisions.

The following link is to an interesting article analyzing the study

“This study challenges the view that these incentive-based instruments can fulfill environmental goals on their own, and shows that there are more complex realities on the ground,” Pirard says.