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Title: The Emerging Institutional Risks from Widespread Adoption of an Ecosystem Services Market Approach to Environmental Governance
Contributor(s): Martin, Paul  (author)orcid ; Williams, Jacqueline  (author)orcid ; Kennedy, Amanda L  (author)
Publication Date: 2012
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Abstract: Best practice commercial management involves two distinct mindsets, harnessed for separate purposes. The innovative mindset is concerned with the creative side of enterprise - entrepreneurship, innovation, strategising and commercialisation). However this is also married to a more pessimistic mindset focused on the identification and avoidance of what might go wrong- (risk management). The modernist paradigm for environmental governance stresses scientific model-based estimation to determine resource use-limits, legally specified property rights to fractions of the environment, market or market like mechanisms for allocation of interests, and scientific methods of performance of the strategies. These elements exist in varying forms regardless of whether the instruments are market-like (eg government incentives based on auctions), full market (eg cap and trade), or hybrids (eg eco-services valuation based payments). There is ample evidence of the innovative and entrepreneurial mindset dominating the narrative about market-oriented governance, with negligible evidence of risk-focused thinking. This is lopsided and dangerous policy-making, that falls well short of the private sector standards that are lauded as the basis for the modernist paradigm. There is also ample evidence that all forms of instrument, no less market-oriented instruments, often fail in practice. The risks are not theoretical, they are real and the adverse consequences are well-demonstrated in practice. This paper is intended to provide a carefully developed framework, supported by empirical evidence, to provide a framework for risk-assessment of potential market instruments. As in the commercial world, the application of this less utopian view of innovation is not Luddism, it is intended to strengthen that innovation itself, by ensuring that risks are not ignored but are managed. The paper will consider the following aspects of risk with economic instruments including eco-system services approaches, illustrated empirically by Australian examples.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: IUCN 2012: 10th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law: "Global Environmental Law at a Crossroads", Baltimore, United States of America, 1st - 5th July, 2012
Source of Publication: Global Environmental Law at a Crossroads: 10th Annual Colloquium of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Academy of Environmental Law Presentations
Publisher: Edward Elgar
Place of Publication: Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 180111 Environmental and Natural Resources Law
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 480203 Environmental law
480204 Mining, energy and natural resources law
480202 Climate change law
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 960799 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 190299 Environmental policy, legislation and standards not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: E2 Non-Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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