Skip to main content

2008-08-15 | EfD Discussion Paper

Deforestation Impacts of Environmental Services Payments – Costa Rica’s PSA Program 2000–2005

Juan Robalino, Alexander Pfaff, G. Arturo Sánchez-Azofeifa, Francisco Alpízar, Carlos León, and Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, ”Deforestation Impacts of Environmental Services Payments – Costa Rica’s PSA Program 2000–2005 ”, EfD Discussion Paper
Download reference

The authors estimated the deforestation impact of Costa Rica’s pioneering environmental services payments program (Pagos por Servicios Ambientales, or PSA) between 2000 and 2005. Despite finding that less than 1 in 100 of enrolled land parcels would have been deforested annually without payments, the program’s potential for impact was increased by explicitly targeting areas with deforestation pressure and increasing some payments to enroll land that would have been cleared.