Project: Cost-Benefit Analysis of Conservation Policies

In March 2019, West Papua became Indonesia’s first and only Conservation Province. 

Working with Conservation International, Limestone helped develop a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) model that can help decision-makers understand the impacts of this choice. The CBA model is designed to help decision-makers understand how the conservation province affects stakeholders like the tourism industry, farmers, the government, and the local and global environment. A better understanding of these impacts can ensure this special status delivers its intended social and environmental goals.

This work contributes new quantitative analysis related to land use and sector level decisions, including those about peat, mangroves, palm oil, logging, agroforestry, and REDD+. It explicitly considers the distribution of benefits and costs. It also provides a comparison to what development might look like as a “non-conservation province” to shed light on the consequences of different choices.

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Cost-Benefit Model