The document contains a detailed guide for choosing an economic instrument for conservation and for sustainable local development. The focus is on involving communities and enhancing their stewardship role. The guidelines demonstrate how to identify opportunities to use economic instruments by considering four key economic principles and subsequently assisting in designing and implementing the selected instruments.
The ESO guidelines help motivate people to change their behaviour in favour of more sustainable outcomes. They assist in designing and implementing selected instruments and is useful for technical staff, consultants and researchers who will actually be involved in working through the steps and tasks on the ground.