1st Edition

Economic Incentives for Marine and Coastal Conservation Prospects, Challenges and Policy Implications

Edited By Essam Yassin Mohammed Copyright 2014
    296 Pages 85 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    296 Pages 85 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Marine and coastal resources provide millions of people with their livelihoods, such as fishing and tourism, and a range of critical additional ‘ecosystem services’, from biodiversity and culture to carbon storage and flood protection. Yet across the world, these resources are fast-diminishing under the weight of pollution, land clearance, coastal development, overfishing, natural disasters and climate change. 

    This book shows how economic instruments can be used to incentivize the conservation of marine and coastal resources. It is shown that traditional approaches to halt the decline focus on regulating against destructive practices, but to little effect. A more successful strategy could be to establish schemes such as payments for ecosystem services (PES), or incorporate an element of financial incentives into existing regulatory mechanisms. Examples, both terrestrial and marine, from across the world suggest that PES can work to protect both livelihoods and environments. 

    But to succeed, it is shown that these schemes must be underpinned by robust research, clear property rights, sound governance structures, equitable benefit sharing, and sustainable finance. Case studies are included from south and east Asia, Latin America, Africa and Australia. The book explores the prospects and challenges, and draws lessons from PES and PES-like programmes from across the globe.


    Prof U. Rashid Sumaila 


    Dr Camilla Toulmin 

    1. Introduction 

    Essam Yassin Mohammed 

    2. Using Valuation to Make the Case for PCMES: Promoting Investments in Marine and Coastal Ecosystems as Development Infrastructure 

    Lucy Emerton 

    3. Promoting Marine and Coastal Ecosystem Functions through Direct Economic Incentives: the Case for Multilevel Good Governance 

    Senay Habtezion 

    4. Payments for Marine and Coastal Ecosystem Services and the Governance of Common Pool Natural Resources 

    Roldan Muradian 

    5. Integrated Payments for Ecosystem Services: a Governance Path from Lakes and Rivers to Coastal Areas in China 

    Hebin Lin and Jeffrey A. Thornton 

    6. Payments for Marine Ecosystem Services and Food Security: Lessons from Income Transfer Programmes 

    Zenebe B. Uraguchi 

    7. Allocation of Fishing Rights to Support Local Fishermen in South Africa’s Western Cape 

    Ron Janssen, Alison R. Joubert, and Theodor J. Stewart 

    8. Economic and Non-economic Conditions Affecting Sustainable Aquaculture: Why Don’t Small Shrimp Producers Participate in Organic Certification Schemes? 

    B. Samuel-Fitwi, C. Schulz 

    9. Could Payment for Environmental Services Reconcile Fish Conservation with Small-scale Fisheries in the Brazilian Amazon? 

    Gustavo Hallwass, Priscilia F.M. Lopes, Renato A. M. Silvano 

    10. Payments for Hilsa Fish (Tenualosa ilisha) Conservation in Bangladesh 

    Wahab, M. A , M. J. Phillips and Essam Yassin Mohammed 

    11. Payments to Landholders for Managing Water, Land and Ecosystem (WLE) Services in Coastal Agricultural Catchments for Protecting the Great Barrier Reef 

    Tek N. Maraseni and Munir A. Hanjra 

    12. Africa’s Mangrove Habitats: Prospects and Challenges of Payment for Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Services 

    Alex Benkenstein & Romy Chevallier 

    13. Economic Instruments for Sustainability in Mexico’s Marine Protected Areas and the Perverse Subsidy Challenge 

    Marisol Rivera-Planter, Carlos Muñoz-Piña & Mariza Montes de Oca-Leon


    Essam Yassin Mohammed is an Environmental Economist at the International Institute for Environment and Development, London, UK.

    "This book helpfully illuminates the question: do market-based systems which reward particular patterns of behaviour make more sense than establishing the institutions and rules for collective management systems? ...[The book] offers further evidence for the need to see resource management issues within this broader socio-institutional sphere, and the specificity of people and place in setting boundaries for what can be achieved in practice."from the foreword by Camilla Toulmin, Director, International Institute for Environment and Development 

    "The publication of this book should give scholars and practitioners alike a solid reference material on how payments for ecosystem services can be used to provide actors the economic incentives to use marine and coastal resources in a manner that conserves them well into the future."from the foreword by U. Rashid Sumaila, Professor and Director, Fisheries Centre & Fisheries Economics Research Unit, The University of British Columbia

    "Readers will find good material on how to assess both social and ecological conditions, and use this information to develop tailored payment schemes to complement traditional institutional (and publicly financed) management." Tundi Agardy, MPA News contributing editor