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The PRESA project began in 2007 from the lessons and experiences of an older, similar project in Asia. That project is called RUPES (Rewarding the Upland Poor for Environmental Services). Since 2002, RUPES has been working with communities, researchers and policy makers in China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines and Vietnam. RUPES sees rewards for environmental […]

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Connecting the idea of paying developing countries for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions with markets that demand sustainable products could be a step towards a new model of global development while reducing increasing pressures over access to land, says Daniel Nepstad of the Amazon Environmental Research Institute. The global demand for food is growing faster […]

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Unsustainable land use decisions and agricultural practices by landholders are responsible for watershed degradation. However, landholders have little or no incentive to change their ways by adopting sustainable land use practices. That much is already known. Little is known about landholder attitudes and preferences related to alternative land management schemes. Which practices do landholders prefer, and […]

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There is growing interest in payments and rewards for environmental services in ensuring that watersheds continue performing their crucial, life-supporting functions. Nowhere is this interest more apparent than at the Sasumua catchment area in Kenya, which alone is responsible for 20% of the fresh water supplied to the capital city, Nairobi. Water from the catchment […]

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From the SinergiA newsletter of the Katoomba Group Both the academic and the policy debate associate REDD primarily with “positive incentives” in the form of compensatory mechanisms. The simple idea is that farmers will stop slashing forests if they were offered incentives conditional on conservation targets (“carrots”). The more complex reality, however, is that direct […]

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Certifying the goods and services provided by ecosystems requires that these are not just translated into tradable commodities, but also that social and ecological criteria are met. New holistic certification systems are needed, according to a recent study by the Centre for International Forestry Research. But it is a long way from actual implementation. “For […]

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Payments for environmental services target communities whose economic activities have a direct impact on environmental resources and aims at providing them with incentives for protecting the ecosystem.

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The Kagera River is one of the largest rivers flowing into Lake Victoria, the largest fresh water body in Africa. The natural resources of the Kagera river basin face increasing pressure as a result of population growth, intensification of agriculture and livestock activities and unsustainable land management practices. The Kagera river basin covers an area […]

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From the Guardian newspaper, Tanzania Livelihoods of millions in Dar es Salaam, Coast and Morogoro regions are threatened by illegal tree felling in Mamiwa Forest Reserve, which authorities admit they cannot stop. The illegal mowing down of trees at the reserve, which is a block in the Eastern Arc Mountains, is pioneered by a well […]

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Policy makers, private sector stakeholders, and representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from Guinea, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda are in Nairobi, Kenya, for two training workshops by PRESA and its partners. The first workshop, which will be on Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) and Reducing Emissions from Degradation and Deforestation (REDD+), runs from 8 to 9 […]

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