Certification of forest watershed services: A Q methodology analysis of opportunities and challenges in Lombok, Indonesia

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This study examines opportunities and challenges of applying certification of forest watershed services to a payment for watershed services (PWS) scheme. The certification has potential to mitigate the problem of incomplete information in a PWS scheme, but necessary enabling conditions remain untested, including stakeholder support. To examine stakeholder perspectives, Q methodology was conducted with intermediaries, buyers, and sellers of a PWS scheme in West Lombok, Indonesia. Stakeholders revealed interest in using certification as a capacity-building tool, towards which they indicated a willingness to bear associated costs. However, their preferences indicated confusion about the meaning of certification and skepticism as to its transparency, as well as a need for as-of-yet unavailable simple but scientific standards. The study contributes to analyzing the feasibility of certification as a tool for disclosure of information.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Jaung, W; Putzel, L; Bull, GQ; Kozak, R; Markum,

Published Date

  • December 1, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 /

Start / End Page

  • 51 - 59

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2212-0416

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.09.010

Citation Source

  • Scopus