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Lessons learned about collaborating across coupled human-natural systems research on Mexico's Payments for Hydrological Services Program

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Pischke, Erin C.; Berry, Z. Carter; Kolka, Randall K.; Salcone, Jacob ; Córdoba, Diana ; Shinbrot, Xoco ; López Ramirez, Sergio Miguel; Jones, Kelly W.; Congalton, Russell G.; Manson, Robert H.; Von Thaden Ugalde, Juan José; Selfa, Theresa ; Avila Foucat, V. Sophie; Asbjornsen, Heidi

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2019

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In: Perz, Stephen; Macmillan, Palgrave, eds. Collaboration Across Boundaries for Interdisciplinary Environmental Systems Science: Experiences Around the World: 35-77.

Abstract

Of the many ecosystem services, hydrologic services are arguably one of the most critical for sustaining human societies and yet one of the most threatened. With growing global dangers of water scarcity and declining water quality (Liu et al. 2017), payment for hydrologic service (PHS) programs have surged over the past two decades (Goldman-Benner et al. 2012; Kaplowitz et al. 2012; Leimona et al. 2015; Postel and Thompson 2005; Porras et al. 2008; Stanton et al. 2010). By connecting ecosystem service "suppliers" and "consumers" in ways that explicitly incorporate a market value for such services, PHS programs seek to eliminate the externalities distorting traditional markets and create incentives for conservation that are equal to or greater than the opportunity costs foregone by limiting land use options. If successful, such approaches could vastly improve the supply, quality, and regulation of water resources within individual countries and globally.

Citation

Pischke, Erin C.; Berry, Z. Carter; Kolka, Randall K.; Salcone, Jacob; Córdoba, Diana; Shinbrot, Xoco; López Ramirez, Sergio Miguel; Jones, Kelly W.; Congalton, Russell G.; Manson, Robert H.; Von Thaden Ugalde, Juan José; Selfa, Theresa; Avila Foucat, V. Sophie; Asbjornsen, Heidi. 2019. Lessons learned about collaborating across coupled human-natural systems research on Mexico's Payments for Hydrological Services Program. In: Perz, Stephen; Macmillan, Palgrave, eds. Collaboration Across Boundaries for Interdisciplinary Environmental Systems Science: Experiences Around the World: 35-77. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-13827-1_2.

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