Two Papers on the Cost Effectiveness of Conservation Programs

  • Author / Creator
    Noga, Warren M
  • This study explores the cost effectiveness of conservation offsets and three different methods of obtaining conservation easements. Given limited conservation dollars, conservation programs should be designed a cost effective manner. A new framework for evaluating offset programs is developed and applied to seven offset programs. A detailed study of an offset pilot program in Alberta is presented in Chapter 3, including calculations of the transactions costs and stakeholder perceptions. An analysis of three methods of obtaining a conservation easement, including a novel method using land purchase and re-sale, is presented in Chapter 4. The results presented in Chapter 3 show that transactions costs can be proportionally large, but do not necessarily affect perceptions on the cost effectiveness of conservation offsets. Results from the conservation easement paper show that a new approach employing land purchase and re-sale can provide a low cost method of obtaining easements in low discount rate scenarios. Both studies yield policy implications, which are synthesized in the conclusion.

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2014
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  • Degree
    Master of Science
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