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Incentives for collective action in EbA Governance : a case study on a watershed in the Colombian Andes

Kiefl, Marlena (2020) Incentives for collective action in EbA Governance : a case study on a watershed in the Colombian Andes.

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Abstract:Few concepts have gained as much attention in recent climate change adaptation efforts as ecosystem-based approaches (EbA). EbA holds not only the potential to jointly address climate change adaptation and the conservation of ecosystems but is also advocated for offering benefits for local communities by diversifying livelihood opportunities. Despite these promises, EbA remains often a pilot project and is not yet implemented on a large scale. I argue that in order to upscale EbA, it is necessary to design incentives for collective action that build upon the specific socio-economic and historical pathways of a community. Building upon the New Institutional Economics scholarship, I analyze EbA in a socio-ecological system and identify the enabling relationship between reputation, trust and the cognitive framing of social interdependencies as the foundation for collective action in EbA. A watershed community in the Colombian Andes has been analyzed to see how the concepts of reputation, trust and cognitive framing of social interdependencies are represented in a territorial setting building on the data of a qualitative case study and experimental game. A political ecology perspective contributed to understand the development pathways of the investigated community and to construct a critical approach to payment for ecosystem services.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:43 environmental science, 88 social and public administration
Programme:Environmental and Energy Management MSc (69319)
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