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Unformatted text preview: EEP 101/econ 125:Market for Environmental services (ES) and poverty DAVID ZILBERMAN What are we talking about? Categories of Environmental Services (ES) Conservation&Preservation Storage and stabilization ( e.g water,carbon ) Risk reduction ( flood control, protection form fire) Natural resources quality enhancement ( soil,water) Amenity creationRestoration, Enhancement Example 1: water cleanup Example 1: water cleanup The New York water utility considered investing $2 billions in water filtering The water was contaminated by waste of 20000 cows that grazed in the water catchments of the city’s reservoir The benefit per cow annually is $1000 It will cost $500 million to invest in in water quality if the cows will not graze. After negotiation with the local farmer each land owner will receive $1500 per cow/annually not to graze The lawyers received $50million and stuff paid another $10 to reach a deal Example 1: water cleanup II Example 1: water cleanup II If the rate of discount is 5% Ne Net benefits of PEM 2,000,000,000 saved
Minus 20000*1000/.05 400,000,000 cow feed Minus 500,000,000 invest Minus 60,000,000 transac. Cost Value of ES 1040,000,000,000 Benefits were shared dairy gain receive 600 mil Issues Monitoring and enforcement of no grazing agreement Example 2: Flood control by Example 2: Flood control by wetlands
Probability .05 .02 .01 damage Without wetland Small Wetland Big wetland 10,000,000,000 5,000,000,000 1,000,000,000 Wetland cost small 50,000,000 big 120,000,000 Value of wetland 10,000,000,000 *.05=500,000,000 Minus damage small 100.000,000 big 10,000,000 Minus cost small 50,000,000 big 120,000,000 Total gain small 350,000,000 big 370,000,000 Forest communities cut forest to gain income from lumber sale and range activities That leads to erosion, loss of biodiversity, carbon release, existence value loss Forest vary by quality and likelihood of deforestation The government wants to slow deforestation It established a purchasing fund to pay forest communities for preservation One program has the government ask communities to provide proposal of conservation activities that will lead to preservation of forest in the next 15 years Example 3:Forest preservation Example 3:Forest preservation Forest purchasing fund Forest purchasing fund There is a large number of forest communities entitled to participate Candidate to the program has to provide a bid
How much area they want to preserve How much they want in annual pay Features of the forest to be preserved Trees Location Wildlife Soil erosion protection and water purification Management activities :Forest ES fund Management activities :Forest ES fund Ranking proposals Likelihood of deforestation Value of contribution of forest Selecting the highest ranked given the budget Payments are annual ( budgets are annual) Behavior of forest communities are monitored and penalty established for violations Poverty of the community ( ES is used to reduce poverty) The benefits are then compared to costs to rank bids Are the tree rare Soil erosion and water purification contributions Wild life and biodiversity contribution value of tree unit area tree quality value of 1 erosion erosion 1 bid/land value value/$ 9 14 1.56 8 12 1.50 9 12 1.33 6 10 1.67 7 11 1.57 7 10 1.43 9 14 1.56 6 12 2.00 4 10 2.50 5 10 2.00 7 9 1.29 6 13 2.17 9 16 1.78 Budget 500 300 400 250 300 500 250 450 350 250 500 400 350 8 3 5 6 2 6 9 6 3 2 3 6 8 6 9 7 4 9 4 5 6 7 8 6 7 8 4500 2400 3600 1500 2100 3500 2250 2700 1400 1250 3500 2400 3150 34250 24000 4500 2400 0 1500 2100 0 2250 2700 1400 1250 0 2400 3150 23650 total value of tree unit area tree quality value of 1 erosion erosion 0.5 bid/land value value/$ 9 11 1.22 8 7.5 0.94 9 8.5 0.94 6 8 1.33 7 6.5 0.93 7 8 1.14 9 11.5 1.28 6 9 1.50 4 6.5 1.63 5 6 1.20 7 6 0.86 6 9.5 1.58 9 12 1.33 Budget 500 300 400 250 300 500 250 450 350 250 500 400 350 8 3 5 6 2 6 9 6 3 2 3 6 8 6 9 7 4 9 4 5 6 7 8 6 7 8 4500 2400 3600 1500 2100 3500 2250 2700 1400 1250 3500 2400 3150 34250 24000 4500 0 0 1500 0 3500 2250 2700 1400 1250 0 2400 3150 22650 total Issues of Forest ES program Issues of Forest ES program Monitoring through remote sensing and random physical inspection Enforcement= how do you punish violations by poor forest communities
Are leaders personally responsible? What about control of crime that endanger forests? Distribution who receives the money? The community leadership or the forest dwellers that may lose earning opportunities? The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) pays rents and costshare assistance for longterm, land conversion from farming conservation EQIP pays for adoption of conservation practices in livestock or agriculture. The Wetlands Reserve Program is offering landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property. Conservation security program CSP provides financial and technical assistance to promote the conservation and improvement of soil, water, air, energy, plant and animal life, and other conservation purposes on Tribal and private working lands. US ag conservation programs US ag conservation programs CRPOriginated in soil conservation program US conservation program US conservation program Spending 2005 Initially targeted cheapest lands Now use an index based on mixture of attributes CRP 1.9 Bill EQIP 1.0 Bill CSP .2 Bill WRP .3 Bill Other .2 Bill Payments are targeted to regions where there is political pressure not environmental need IS it a subsidy or a genuine program? Alternative Approaches to Wetland Alternative Approaches to Wetland Protection
Land retirement Working lands Carrot CRP, WRP EQIP Stick Swampbuster Conservation Reserve Program: Conservation Reserve Program:
Background The CRP is a land retirement program. It aims to reduce farm acreage so to increase supply and to increase farm income. The biggest program of U,S. Agriculture is excess supply. Another problem has been soil erosion. Conservation programs traditionally paid farmers to take erosive land out of production Conservation programs are “Green” policies, and are looked favorably by international trade agreements aimed to reduce farm support. They are likely to increase in importance. CRPBasic Features CRPBasic Features CRP provides owners or operators with an annual peracre rental payment and 1/2 the cost of establishing a permanent land cover for retiring cropland from production for 10 to 15years. Producers can offer land for competitive bidding based on an Environmental Benefits Index (EBI) during periodic signups. Producers can automatically enroll more limited acreages in practices such as riparian buffers, field windbreaks, and grass strips on a continuous basis Enrollees in selected practices program receive enhanced rental rates, 50percent costsharing and a peracre maintenance payment. CRP Rents CRP Rents C R P R e n ta l R a t e ( D o ll a r / A c re )
12 - 40 40 - 50 50 - 60 60 - 70 70 - 113 No C RP CRP Historical Background CRP Historical Background CRP Established in its current form in 1985 to be administered by USDA’s Farm Services Agency (FSA) ad funded through Commodity credit corporation. In 1996, CRP was reauthorized, limiting enrollment to 36.4 million acres at any time. In 2000, enhanced incentives for continuous signup: A signing incentive payment of $100 to $150 per acre A practice incentive payment equal to 40 percent of cost sharing for all continuous signup practices As of October 2001, about 1.5 million acres had been enrolled in the continuous signup, The 2002 Farm Act increased the enrollment limit to 39 million acres. WRP was authorized under the 1985 Farm Act. Under the 2002 Farm Act, the acreage cap is increased from 1.075 million acres to 2.275 million acres. Objective is to enroll 250,000 acres per year Options: a permanent or30year conservation easement or a 10year costshare restoration agreement USDA pays 100 percent of restoration costs for permanent easements, and 75 percent for 30year easements and restoration costshare agreements. Conservation vs restoration . was around $1,300 per acre. The study also concludes that the WRP achieves restoration at around $600 per acre. The Wetland Reserve Program The Wetland Reserve Program Retirement Program and Retirement Program and Wetlands The 2002 Act expands land retirement by 4 million acres, WRP enrollment cap more than doubles, from 1.075 million acres to 2.275 million,. In the CRP, 500,000 acres could be used to enroll farmed wetlands and associated buffer acreage. CRP serves to support farmers incomenot environmental needs. Has limits as wetlands policy framework. Working Land Working Land Working land conservation programs can benefit wetlands mostly indirectly by reducing agricultural pollution. $5.7 billion is available from 20022007 and $12 billion from 200211 for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP), and Conservation Security Program (CSP). *EQIPProvides technical assistance, cost sharing (up to 75 percent), and incentive payments to assist livestock and crop producers with environmental improvements. *60%of EQIP's funding earmarked for livestock producers, No size limits on livestock operations, Payments are limited to a total of $450,000 per operation over the 6year life of the Act. The Environmental Quality The Environmental Quality Incentives Program EQIP Conservation Security Fund & The Conservation Security Fund & The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program The Conservation Security Program will focus on land based practices and specifically excludes livestock waste handling facilities. Producers can participate at one of three tiers; higher tiers require greater conservation effort and offer higher payments. The lowest cost practices that meet conservation standards must be used. The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program provides cost sharing to landowners and producers to develop and improve wildlife habitat. Swampbuster Established 1985 Swampbuster . "Swampbuster" farmers or ranchers lose eligibility for farm program benefits if they produce an agricultural commodity on a wetland converted after December 23, 1985, or if they convert a wetland after November 28, 1990,. Swampbuster recognizes four categories of wetlands:. Wetlands, or areas that contain hydric soils which support mostly hydrophates Converted wetlands, defined as areas drained or altered after December 23, 1985 Farmed wetlands, or areas partially drained or altered to produce a crop prior to Swampbuster, but which still retain some wetland characteristics Prior converted wetlands, or areas that were used for farming prior to Swampbuster and which no longer exhibit any wetland characteristics. Permitting cuts down on uncertainty. It can lead to a more accurate assessment of the inventory of wetlands. With incentive programs, more work is necessary to measure wetland gains and losses In a permitting system, applicants must bear significant fixed application costs. With voluntary program, the government pays for targeting Voluntary program may be captured. Targeting criteria matters acreage maximization benefits farmers.Should target lands with highest benefit cost ratio. Slippagehigh commodity prices lead to reuse of marginal lands or wetlandsshould be considered in design Permitting vs. Voluntary Programs Permitting vs. Voluntary Programs Activities of Private Groups Activities of Private Groups Easements, Duck Unlimited DU rarely buys wetlands outright, but negotiates conservation easements. These agreements are for 10years. The nature conservancy has a diversified approach Ownership Type Acres Conservation Easement 1,400,453 Management Agreements 1,389,099 Leases 2,146,745 Owned by TNC 2,098,950 TOTAL 7,035,246 Conservation Partnerships Conservation Partnerships One such collaboration between DU and the federal government is the River CARE project in which DU and the NRCS have cooperated in implementing the WRP in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV). By 1998, more than 1,500 private landowners in the MAV were active partners with DU and WRP to provide and restore wildlife habitat on their lands. TNC’s Glacial Ridge Project, one of 12 habitats targeted in the “Saving the Last Great Places” campaign, received $1.6 million from NRCS as part of the USDA’s WRP program for a partial easement payment to restore nearly 2,800 acres of previously drained wetland and 1,500 acres of tall grass prairie in Minnesota. Saving the Last Great Places, International programs International programs Debt for nature swap Problem government get money, rural people do not see that Private vs. Public Approaches Private vs. Public Approaches Public sector is not forced to pay attention to factor prices. Private groups have better incentives to target the land with the highest level of environmental amenities per dollar spent. Private investment in wetland conservation, includes land purchase expenditures and investment in improvement on wetland quality. From the Corps perspective, the land has no opportunity cost, from a societal perspective the land is valuable in providing other services. This, there may be a tendency to overregulate and acquire more land than is socially optimal. ES new item in Env. Policy makers ES new item in Env. Policy makers toolbox Old tools Command and control Cap and trade New policy Paying for ES “When you can not beat thembribe them” Base line and credit Rationale for ES programs Rationale for ES programs Payment for positive externalities When polluters has rights to pollute ES programs will buy pollution reduction Existence value, knowledge Payments for public goods Common problemsthe atmosphere Correcting mismanagement of a stock Alternative mechanisms sell ES Alternative mechanisms sell ES All mechanisms have problems and need improvement Markets Offsets Bilateral deals Auctions Subsidies & government payments Clearing house ? Formal Markets Exchanges Distinguish between resource rental programs and working land programs Working land programspromoting green practices Conversion of lands to “greener” use Environmental Services & Land Environmental Services & Land Use Prevention of land use conversions From farming to forest What is the Asset unit? Generally not land but resource stock related to land use Stored carbon Controlling development Water quality in lake The Multidimensionality of ES The Multidimensionality of ES The same land may provide a multitude of ES Some ES are provided simultaneously others are not Growing Wetland conflicts with native plants Soil erosion and wind erosion are complementary ES may provide regional, national & global benefits Benefits of ES vary across individuals &groups Bird watchers & hunters benefit from better bird habitat All gain from flood control gains vary by location The Dimensions of Wetland The Dimensions of Wetland Services Local National International
Wildlife habitat Public Private Public Private Public Public Flood control Public Private Public Private Water purification Aesthetic value Private Public Public Private Public Private Public Public Recreation Existence Private Public Private Public Private Public Implication of “Beneficiary pay” Implication of “Beneficiary pay” BUT Private willingness to pay for ES is understated because it emits public goods There is a role for publicprivate cooperation Matching fund Tax credit Government pays for public good aspects utilized by many No exclusion e.g Existence value Private agencies should pay for private benefits. Selling ES in markets vs. special Selling ES in markets vs. special trades Market
Low transaction cost Standard product Large number of buyers Minimal contact of buyer and seller Special deal
Tailor product to buyers’ needs Local small number of potential partner Needs a way to link buyer to seller green E-bay Elements of implementation Elements of implementation
Measurement ES output meeting well defined standards Monitoring and enforcement Unbundling Heterogeneity Correlation Targeting Role of government Third party Measurement Measurement Buyers and sellers need to know What is delivered when for what price Deliverables can be outcomes or actions Must be easily measurable Simplicity and common sense are essential ES is controlled by the worker in the field Not the scientist is the lab. Clever use of new IT can improve measurement accounting and monitoring Buyers want ( Being commodities not unique products) to know what they buy To sell it when they want ( liquidity) Certification by trusted agency All associated with having ES meeting standards. Also The reasons for ES product The reasons for ES product standards Low transaction cost High volume of trading ES are frequently generated on large parcels of land over long period of time Farmers can easily cut corners Inspection backed by action will lead to improved ES quality justify higher prices Can be part of certification program Monitoring allows establishing buyers insurance plans ( Guaranteeing delivery and compensation) Monitoring and Enforcement Monitoring and Enforcement ES markets allow selling bundles ES markets allow selling bundles of ES A field may generate various types of ES Potential buyer may be interested in only part of the package The Land owner’s gain will increase If they can sell different types of ES to to different buyers A well functioning ES market results in a pricing of individual ES that will increase the flexibility of the buyers and sellers Heterogeneity Heterogeneity Lands vary in their productivity and ES generation Sometimes 90% of certain ES is provided by 10% land Both buyers and sellers benefit when buyer who appreciate certain ES are able to get thempart of efficient buying and selling strategies Buying the lands with the best ES is not always the best strategy best to buy ES who provide highest value Per dollar Targeting strategies Targeting strategies
A buyer with given budget may choose Acreage maximization given the budget This strategy is preferred by sellers It is optimal only when cheapest lands provide most ES. Benefits targeting Purchase the highest quality lands within budget best for buyers if there is lower variability of productivity than ES among lands Benefit /cost Targeting Purchase lands with the highest highest per dollars given the budgetalways works for buyers Targeting strategies Targeting strategies Suppose there are N locations, identified by n=1,N . An= Land of location n, Bn = Benefits per acre of location n. Cn = Costs per acre( value of land in alternative use) Budget S Acreage Maximizationbuy all land with Cn<C benefits maximizationbuy all land with Bn>B Benefit cost maximization: buy all land with Bn/Cn>B/C targeting targeting
Β Cost Minimi zation Benefit max Benefit/cost ratio C Importance of heterogeneity Importance of heterogeneity ranking vary withtargeting
C 10 8 15 6 8 9 14 8 B 5 3 6 5 7 3 4 6 B/C .5 .375 .4 ,83 .875 .333 .29 .75 Rank C max Bmax B/C max 6 4.5 4 3 7.5 6 8 2,5 5 1 4.5 2 3 1 1 5 7.5 7 7 6 8 3 2.5 3 Third parties Third parties
Designers of ES programs need to be aware that taking lands out of production may result in increase ag prices May backfire leading to farming of previously idle lands (slippage) thus may need to pay for prevention Reduced farm activities may reduce tax base Landowners may gain but operators and other lose Role of government in ES Role of government in ES Create demand for environmental credits Establish rules of games Invest in R&D to allow measurement and better pricing of ES Pay for public good aspects of ES Play role of assembler of Domestic ES in global program (Kyoto) definition Liability ES and poverty alleviation ES and poverty alleviation Theory:One tool (ES) may be ineffective in the pursuit of two objectives( Environmental quality and poverty alleviation) it all depends on synergies and correlations Es program may affect
Urban poor Poor asset owners Landless rural poor Impacts on urban poor Impacts on urban poor Possibly negative food prices effect ( supply reduction) Employment effects of various kinds Some ES program y supply pro poor goods Flood control, fire protection Improved water quality Existence value of wild life is presumably a luxury good Notation Impacts on poor assets owners Impacts on poor assets owners when they are sold to ES B = ES per acre R rent per acre W=Value of labor release at sale V price of ES Farms have L hectares Farm income before program L*R Poorer farmers may have less land, lower rent or both Land will be sold for ES if VB+W>R Gain = VB R + W Per unit if land Case of significant gain Do the poor gain from selling land Do the poor gain from selling land for ES?
A positive correlation between wealth and rent Poorer farmers has small and less productive farms A negative correlation between B and R less productive land provides more ES Gain is higher the higher are v and W If no correlation between size and R rich is larger No correlation between B and R. Gain to poor from ES is relatively smaller Poor may not gain much if they own small and highly productive plots The case of working lands The case of working lands Payment per acre VB Costs include xR= P xY+ xC R= P Y+ Revenue loss P xY ( use traditional technology) Y ( use traditional technology) Cost increase xC ( Reduce input use) C ( Reduce input use) Participate in ES program if VB> P xY+ xC Y+ Poor benefit if (P xY+ xC)/ VB is negatively Y+ C)/ VB correlated to income. E.g, Payment aim to preserve varieties used by poor. They have high B and low xY Poor are located in erosive area and payment for less erosive toil managment If landless are employed in activities reduced by ES program the programs may benefit the poor land owners but may harm the landless ES program design affects employment & livelihood opportunities of the landless . Less jobs if ES results in closed reserves than when it leads to Eco tourism Diverting resources and denying access as part of ES management may be costly to the landless (they utilize these resources informally) Impacts on land less Impacts on land less Dynamic considerations Dynamic considerations Poor may be late adopters and ES payment excludes consideration of improved options. The benefits of ES program may vary in their dynamic profile. Some ES effort aim to induce a sustainable change Other aim to provide quick relief Income may vary over time Contract should reflect the dynamic nature of benefits and income available to ES program ES design should consider impact of present performance on future earning Heterogeneity ES benefit &cost per acre vary Consider first the case with the No Scale effects Suppose there are N locations, identified by n=1,N . An= Land of location n, Management of Purchasing Fund Management of Purchasing Fund Targeting criteria Acreage maximization Buy the lands with the lowest Cn (regardless of benefits) given the budget Benefits targeting Purchase the highest quality lands (lands with highest Bn) within budget Benefit /cost Targeting Purchase lands with the highest Bn/Cn (highest benefit cost ratio) given the budget Bn = Benefits per acre of location n. Cn = Costs per acre( value of land in alternative use) ...
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