Estimating costs associated with compliance with the Endangered Species Act

Project: Research project

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Description

Estimating costs associated with compliance with the Endangered Species Act Estimating costs associated with compliance with the Endangered Species Act Estimating costs associated with compliance with the Endangered Species Act Estimating costs associated with compliance with the Endangered Species Act Many nations have laws to identify and protect imperiled species. In the USA, the federal government has a mandate under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to conserve threatened and endangered species and their associated ecosystems. Success under the ESA is measured first by preventing extinction, and second by the recovery and subsequent delisting of protected species. While this legislation has prevented many extinctions, far fewer recoveries have been achieved. One explanation for the seemingly contradictory outcomes of the ESA is the inadequacy of allocated funding: less than 25% of the estimated $1.21 billion/year needed to achieve recovery for US-listed species is provided, and subsequent partial funding of recovery plans rarely leads to recovery (Gerber 2016). This dearth of federal funding underscores the need for additional support for endangered species recovery. An important yet understudied dimension of ESA implementation is the costs associated with private sector compliance and the tradeoffs with funding pre-compliance conservation activities.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date9/15/187/31/21

Funding

  • Electric Power Research Institute: $148,419.00

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