Assessing landowners' preferences to inform voluntary private land conservation : The role of non-monetary incentives

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Cortes-Capano , G , Hanley , N , Sheremet , O , Hausmann , A , Toivonen , T , Garibotto-Carton , G , Soutullo , A & Di Minin , E 2021 , ' Assessing landowners' preferences to inform voluntary private land conservation : The role of non-monetary incentives ' , Land Use Policy , vol. 109 , 105626 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2021.105626

Title: Assessing landowners' preferences to inform voluntary private land conservation : The role of non-monetary incentives
Author: Cortes-Capano, Gonzalo; Hanley, Nick; Sheremet, Oleg; Hausmann, Anna; Toivonen, Tuuli; Garibotto-Carton, Gustavo; Soutullo, Alvaro; Di Minin, Enrico
Contributor organization: Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Department of Geosciences and Geography
Digital Geography Lab
Date: 2021-10
Language: eng
Number of pages: 11
Belongs to series: Land Use Policy
ISSN: 0264-8377
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2021.105626
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/335308
Abstract: Private land conservation (PLC) is an increasingly recognized strategy to help address the global biodiversity crisis. Understanding landowners' context-dependent preferences for different PLC policies is key to designing and implementing successful voluntary strategies aiming to foster participation and long-term engagement. However, funding shortfalls and diverse cultural values mean that traditional approaches such as land acquisi-tion or payment for ecosystem services policies may not be the best approaches to increase landowners' participation in PLC. In this study, we examine landowners' preferences for monetary and non-monetary in-centives and how these might increase participation in PLC. We also address a geographical gap in PLC literature by assessing landowners' preferences for voluntary PLC policies in Uruguay, a country located in the Rio de la Plata Grasslands ecoregion (South America), one of the most endangered and least protected biomes worldwide. This case study provides a useful test-bed of non-monetary incentives, since 96% of the land is privately owned and no voluntary PLC strategies are in place yet. Using a choice experiment, we found that landowners were more willing to engage in voluntary PLC if policies align with their values and needs. Non-monetary incentives, such as access to training and technical support, were preferred over monetary payments, highlighting oppor-tunities to develop context-specific policies that would foster environmental stewardship and long-term engagement. Designing policies by including a diverse set of instruments, flexible contract lengths, and inte-grating the context-specific social and cultural characteristics underlying landowners' identities and values, are crucial aspects for increasing participation.
Subject: 1171 Geosciences
519 Social and economic geography
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
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