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The Guanacaste Conservation Area (GCA) in Costa Rica

Ricardo Bayon

This brief case study outlines a deal set up in Costa Rica's Guanacaste Conservation Area (GCA). The GCA signed an agreement with a local orange growing company whereby the company agrees to pay the conservation area for a bundled set, or pooled variety of ecosystem services, including the biological control of pests on the company's plantations by parasitic wasps living in the park.

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