Creating markets for habitat conservation when habitats are heterogeneous [electronic resource] / Timothy S. Thomas, Antonio Salazar Brandão, and Kenneth M. Chomitz.

Thomas, Timothy S.
[Washington, D.C. : World Bank, 2004]
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Policy research working papers ; 3429.
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Biodiversity conservation -- Brazil.
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"A tradable development rights (TDR) program focusing on biodiversity conservation faces a crucial problem defining which areas of habitat should be considered equivalent. Restricting the trading domain to a narrow area could boost the range of biodiversity conserved but could increase the opportunity cost of conservation. The issue is relevant to Brazil, where TDR-like programs are emerging. Current regulations require each rural property to maintain a forest reserve of at least 20 percent, but nascent policies allow some tradability of this obligation. Chomitz, Thomas, and Brandão use a simple, spatially explicit model to simulate a hypothetical state-level program. They find that wider trading domains drastically reduce landholder costs of complying with this regulation and result in environmentally preferable landscapes. This paper--a product of the Infrastructure and Environment Team, Development Research Group--is part of a larger effort in the group to understand the economics of conservation"--World Bank web site.
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Brandão, Antonio Salazar P. (Antonio Salazar Pessôa)
Chomitz, Kenneth M.
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