Projects from 2012, 2013 and other recent projects
“Evaluation of the impact of the payments for ecosystem services program on welfare in Costa Rica.”
This project had funding from the Tinker Foundation and EfD. It aimed to estimate the effect of the PES program on socioeconomic outcomes in Costa Rica. The ultimate objective of the research project is to provide sound scientific evidence to inform decision-makers about what works and what does not in the current design of the program, and to make recommendations about how to improve it to obtain better social outcomes.
“Performance-based payments for turtle protection: understanding the conditions for success.”
This project was funded by EfD to understand how communities make decisions and design institutions for the use and management of common resources, such as coastal resources. This project contributes to the understanding and identification of the ways in which poor communities could participate in the conservation of a natural resource that is inherent to their subsistence. There is an urgent need to design and implement policies to protect sea turtles, a seriously threatened faunal resource that is present in all the underdeveloped countries and in coastal areas.
“Understanding the balance between policies for planning marine conservation areas and artisanal fishing in key coastal areas of Costa Rica. EfD funds.”
This project aims to identify local capabilities, assets and activities that characterize the subsistence livelihoods of small-scale fishers in Costa Rica. The project will promote sustainable resource management, focusing on the subsistence livelihoods of small farmers, who are generally poor. The study will thereby integrate environmental economics capacity into policymaking processes.
In addition to the projects mentioned above, the IDEA program is working on two research projects in South Africa, Tanzania and Ethiopia. These are:
“Marine Protected Areas and the behavior of small-scale fishers: a comparative analysis of South Africa, Tanzania and Costa Rica. EfD funds.” Emphasizes policy interactions that occur within each country to assist in identifying policy options and their design. It illustrates the importance of international collaboration to share knowledge on the management of common assets such as marine resources.
“Climate change and the role of adaptation to risk in South Africa and Costa Rica (with EfD funds).” Its objective is to analyze the behavioral dimension of climate change and how risk preferences are related.
In 2013 there are two new research projects that focus on climate change: “Adaptation of households to seasonal drought in rural potable water systems” and “Migration as a strategy for adaptation: Analysis of the effects of extreme weather events on local migration in Guatemala.”
Climate change is beginning to be perceived by decision makers as a real threat to human welfare in Central America, where increased drought is expected in drier areas with increased precipitation in wetter areas.
Two opposite effects arising from extreme events are desertification on the one hand and an increased risk of floods and landslides on the other. Firstly, water resources are a key input into the design of effective policies to minimize expected negative impacts, especially for the most vulnerable groups of society.
The objective of these projects is to reduce vulnerability to climate change and promote the development of strategies for adaptation to ensure better welfare for the poorest inhabitants in rural areas.
“Adaptation to climate change based on ecosystem management for small subsistence farmers and coffee growers in Central America, CASCADA.”
This project is part of the International Climate Initiative (ICI). The German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag.
"Strengthening research capacity in environmental economics for adaptation to climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean.” Funded with support from the IDRC.