– Sustainability and natural resources management
– Stakeholder participation in decision making
– Transdisciplinary Research
– Interlinks between Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES), human wellbeing, and nature protection
Title of PhD
Analysing the effects of Payments for Ecosystem Services on human well-being and environmental pressures
Short abstract of PhD
The aim is to study the effectiveness of the PES concept as an instrument to enhance human wellbeing while reducing human pressure on the environment. Initially, a literature review of PES cases was conducted, analysing how the different factors of PES implementation projects affect the success of the outcomes. Once these relationships were understood, a new conceptualization was developed to contextualize the different steps that lead a natural process to become a service to society. The concepts and theory were tested in the ground in a real case in Mexico, where a series of workshops were held following a transdisciplinary research approach to integrate stakeholders’ perceptions into a land use decision making process.