• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Environmental Management & Development
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Prof Luca Tacconi
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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The goal of this course is to understand how payments for environmental services (PES) schemes can be designed, how they are currently operating in practice, and what environmental, social and economic outcomes they are having.

The course will focus on both theoretical aspects of the design of the schemes and empirical analysis of the outcomes of existing schemes.

The issues considered in this course will include:

-    The rationale of PES schemes

-    Arguments pro and against PES schemes

-    The economic theory behind PES schemes

-    Key principles of the design, including pricing, transparency, additionality, and conditionality

-    Land and property rights

-    Efficiency vs cost effectiveness of the schemes

-    The role of PES in poverty alleviation

-    Practical applications of PES: climate change, biodiversity, watershed management, coastal management

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, students will: 

  1. Possess a critical understanding of the theory underpinning payments for environmental services (PES) schemes
  2. Have knowledge of the  key design principles of PES schemes
  3. Understand the role of PES in environmental management
  4. Be able to apply this theoretical understanding to  interventions
  5. Be able to verbally communicate the theory and the principles underlying PES schemes

Indicative Assessment

In-class presentation (10%), Case study analysis (40%), Research assignment (50%).

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Workload

2 hour lecture and 1 hour class discussion per week

Prescribed Texts

Reading material will include journal articles and the following text:

Tacconi, L., S. Mahanty, H. Suich eds (2010). Payments for Environmental Services, Forest Conservation and Climate Change: Livelihoods in the REDD?. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
4622 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person
4623 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 Online

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