Direct payments to conserve biodiversity
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Global efforts to conserve biodiversity in developing countries through indirect methods — such as encouraging sustainable use of resources or tying development of schools, wells or clinics to preservation — have provided few examples of success, they say.
Instead the authors advocate direct incentives such as those now common in the United States, Australia and Europe: land purchases and leases, as well as performance payments and tax relief. They argue that such systems can be simpler to administer, more cost-efficient, and more beneficial to the resource users.
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