While Costa Rica has been a world leader in ecosystem services research and policy, the value of natural capital and ecosystem services is still often ignored or underestimated. The overarching goal of this dissertation is to address this knowledge gap and to formulate economic incentives and institutions that can adequately incorporate ecosystem services. First, I summarize the state of the art of natural capital and ecosystem services. I describe concepts, how they have evolved in the last...[Show more]
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