Esther Duke

Esther Duke

Panama City
Panama
Fellow Year: 
2009 - 2010
About Esther Duke

Esther defended her Master’s thesis in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at CSU, working with Dr. Josh Goldstein.  For her fellowship, she used collaborative processes to engage government, non-profit, and agricultural communities in exploring the potential for a payment for ecosystem services (PES) program to deliver conservation and livelihood outcomes in the buffer zone of La Amistad Bi-national World Heritage Site in Western Panama. The resulting research also contributes to a key social consideration in the design of PES: how to proactively explore ways to ensure that landowners across the socioeconomic spectrum, including particularly the poor, are able to participate in PES.