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Elephants or onions? Paying for nature in Amboseli, Kenya

  • ERWIN H. BULTE (a1), RANDALL B. BOONE (a2), RANDY STRINGER (a3) and PHILIP K. THORNTON (a4)

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Traditional grazing grounds near Amboseli National Park (Kenya) are being rapidly converted to cropland – a process that closes important wildlife corridors. We use a spatially explicit simulation model that integrates ecosystem dynamics and pastoral decision-making to explore the scope for introducing a ‘payments for ecosystem services’ scheme to compensate pastoralists for spillover benefits associated with forms of land use that are compatible with wildlife conservation. Our break-even cost analysis suggests that the benefits of such a scheme likely exceed its costs for a large part of the study area, but that ‘leakage effects’ through excessive stocking rates warrant close scrutiny.

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Elephants or onions? Paying for nature in Amboseli, Kenya

  • ERWIN H. BULTE (a1), RANDALL B. BOONE (a2), RANDY STRINGER (a3) and PHILIP K. THORNTON (a4)

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