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Jul 2, 2012 posted by Judith Nzyoka by Michelle Kovacevic of Center of International Forestry Research Forests have been largely ignored or ambiguously mentioned in the Rio+20 outcome document, yet again postponing progress on integrating forests into sustainable development objectives, said CIFOR scientists at the conclusion of the Rio+20 summit. “If you look at this […]

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Jun 28, 2012 posted by Judith Nzyoka by E Kahurani The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) participated in key events held alongside the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro. See ICRAF event list here. At the agriculture and rural development day held under the theme the ‘land sharing or land sparing’ […]

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May 23, 2012  By Judith Nzyoka New publications on payments for environmental services (PES) in Africa are now online.  Below are details and links to the publications: Designing an incentive program to reduce on-farm deforestation in the East Usambara Mountains, Tanzania Authors: David Kaczan, Brent M. Swallow, W. L. (Vic) Adamowicz and Heini Vihemäki. Despite […]

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Apr 12, 2012 By Lucie Andeltová edited by Judith Nzyoka The direct approach of PES has the potential to promote conservation and sustainable use of ecosystem services and biodiversity and at the same time offers spectacular cost-savings relative to less direct approaches – thus making a more efficient use of available conservation finance (OECD, 2010; Ferraro […]

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By Elizabeth Kahurani PRESA’s work on Payments for Environmental Services (PES) at the Sasumua watershed in Kenya has resulted in the inclusion of PES as an effective water resource management mechanism within key government policy on water. The Pro-poor rewards for environmental services in Africa (PRESA) project at the World Agroforestry Centre has been instrumental […]

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A watershed moment

Mar 8, 2012 by Judith Nzyoka This week the Ecoagriculture PES Newsletter has featured updates on payment for watershed services initiatives of PRESA’s research of the policy and institutional arrangements necessary to implement PES, and the PRESA policy brief outlining lessons learned. “With about half of the Sasamua watershed under cultivation, and host to a […]

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Feb 16, 2012 by Judith Nzyoka Last week, PRESA’s (Pro-poor Rewards for Environmental Services in Africa) work to give incentives to environmental stewards was awarded the title ‘Innovation of the Week’ by an article featured by the World Watch Institute and Huff Post Green. The article recognized PRESA’s initiative to reward farmers for providing ecosystem […]

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By Doreen Matonga, Ecobank Malawi Ecobank Malawi Limited recently pledged its continued support to projects aimed at combating the effects of climate change. The pledge was made at Ntchisi, a district in central Malawi, as the bank made the last payment of a 3 year carbon sequestration tree planting project worth $7,500. The project is […]

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Two new publications on payments for environmental services (PES) in Africa are now online.  Below are details and links to the publications:

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The expansion of agricultural land to meet growing demand for food means that a lot of the water we consume flows from farms rather than from natural forest. Supporting communities that live in watershed areas is therefore critical to ensuring the continued flow of fresh water to cities, farms and industry. Kenya’s water policy is […]

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