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Workshop "Conservation Tenders in Developed and Developing Countries - Status Quo, Challenges and Prospects"

Date: September 12-14, 2013
Location: Hotel Jakobsberg, Boppard, Germany (


Increased budgetary strains are placing pressure on policy makers to consider innovative ways of delivering conservation goods on private land at least cost. Applied economists have frequently suggested that procurement auctions for conservation contracts with landholders (such as farmers) potentially achieve environmental goals at a lower cost than externally determined fixed payment offers.

What is a conservation tender?

The conservation tender (procurement auction) approach asks private land managers to formulate their payment requirement for a clearly defined conservation measure. Competition between landholders (via bidding in the auction) can reveal the 'real' cost of delivering the desired conservation outcome.

<i>The Black Spinytail Iguana (Ctenosaura similis) prefers arid habitats with tree populations<br>(Photo: Tobias Wünscher)</i>

Where do conservation tenders stand today?

There have now been more than 25 years of experience in implementing conservation tenders, yet there is ongoing debate about the extent of gains over other conservation approaches, and their practicality of implementation. Moreover, while there are now a number of well documented field experiences with conservation auctions in developed countries, wider take‐up amongst developed countries has been slow, and experiences in developing countries are almost completely absent.

Timeliness of the workshop

The combination of a maturing body of research with the potential to influence public policy through the efficiency gains from tender approaches makes a synthesis workshop extremely timely.

<i>Laboratory experiment on auction design in rural Kenya (Photo: Lucie Andeltova)</i>

What this workshop can do?

This workshop will bring together the experiences in theory and implementation to synthesize conservation tender performance to date, lessons for future implementation, and challenges and knowledge needs for further development. These practical lessons will be framed to directly assist policy makers in future environmental management decisions. The following diagram provides a conceptual map of the workshop.

» Conceptual Map

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