Marie Dade

Postdoctoral fellow | Postdoctorant.e
Property rights are fundamental institutions that set the rules for who is allowed to use, manage, and control natural resources. The literature on property rights over natural resources is well developed. However, property rights also govern who can obtain ecosystem services that flow from natural resources across landscapes, but our understanding of the ways by which property rights govern actors’ ability to obtain ecosystem services remains under explored. Using the Adirondack Park, USA, as a case study, we develop a framework that pairs property rights theory with spatial analysis to examine who can obtain ecosystem services across landscapes. We look at rights over three ecosystem services: timber, drinking water and recreational fishing. We show that property rights affect who can receive ecosystem services, and where, across the landscape. Our results demonstrate that property rights can play a pivotal role in who can obtain ecosystem services across landscapes. However, more work is required to model the supply and flow of ecosystems services, and to connect these to property rights to fully capture the interactions occurring between property rights and ecosystem services.