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Importance and impacts of intermediary boundary organizations in facilitating payment for environmental services in Vietnam

Pham, Thuy Thu, Campbell, Bruce M., Garnett, Stephen T., Aslin, Heather J. and Hoang, Minh Ha (2010). Importance and impacts of intermediary boundary organizations in facilitating payment for environmental services in Vietnam. Environmental Conservation: an international journal of environmental science,37(1):64-72.

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Title Importance and impacts of intermediary boundary organizations in facilitating payment for environmental services in Vietnam
Author Pham, Thuy Thu
Campbell, Bruce M.
Garnett, Stephen T.
Aslin, Heather J.
Hoang, Minh Ha
Journal Name Environmental Conservation: an international journal of environmental science
Publication Date 2010
Volume Number 37
Issue Number 1
ISSN 0376-8929   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-77957332168
Start Page 64
End Page 72
Total Pages 8
Place of Publication Cambridge, U.K.
Publisher Cambridge University Press
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Intermediaries are seen as important actors in facilitating payments for environmental services (PES). However, few data exist on the adequacy of the services provided by intermediaries and the impacts of their interventions. Using four PES case studies in Vietnam, this paper analyses the roles of government agencies, non-government organizations, international agencies, local organizations and professional consulting firms as PES intermediaries. The findings indicate that these intermediaries are essential in supporting PES establishment. Their roles are as service and information providers, mediators, arbitrators, equalizers, representatives, watchdogs, developers of standards and bridge builders. Concerns have been raised about the quality of intermediaries’ participatory work, political influence on intermediaries’ activities and the neutral status of intermediaries. Although local organizations are strongly driven by the government, they are important channels for the poor to express their opinions. However, to act as environmental services (ES) sellers, local organizations need to overcome numerous challenges, particularly related to capacity for monitoring ES and enforcement of contracts. Relationships amongst intermediaries are complex and should be carefully examined by PES stakeholders to avoid negative impact on the poor. Each of the intermediaries may operate at a different level and can have different functions but a multi-sector approach is required for an effective PES implementation.
Keywords environmental services
intermediaries
local organizations
payment for environmental services
propoor
Vietnam
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S037689291000024X   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)


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