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Who said carbon cannot pay for water? PRESA facilitated the expansion of Ecotrust’s work on Trees for Global benefits to enable farmers growing trees in the River Mobuku watershed in Uganda to access carbon payments. Mobuku River watershed lies at the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains. Before a carbon project is implemented, a lot of […]

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From the Science for Environment Policy bulletin A recent analysis highlights the difference between the academic concept and the practical concept of ecosystem services. It suggests that academic science aims to discover and apply general and timeless concepts to measure ecosystem services, whereas in practice, stakeholders’ valuations of ecosystem services vary with place and time. […]

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By Gerald Kairu Over 40 farmers in western Uganda are benefiting from a bee-keeping project supported by PRESA and its partner organization. The project enhanced the production and marketing of ecolabelled honey (eco-honey) as an incentive for greater community involvement in managing the River Mobuku watershed. Eco-honey is certified honey that is harvested using environmentally […]

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By the Nation newspaper, Malawi 177 small holder farmers in Malawi continue to benefit from cash rewards for green house gas emission reduction from planting indigenous trees. The initiative is facilitated by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF – International Centre for Research in Agroforestry) using funds pledged by Ecobank Malawi. The pilot project, which is […]

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PRESA is carrying out a study on the drivers of land use change in the Upper Tana catchment, specifically, the Kapingazi River. Knowledge of the forces driving land use change will help inform policy interventions needed to enhance ecosystem services in the Upper Tana River catchment.

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Located at the southern ridges of Kenya’s Aberdare Mountain, Sasumua dam provides the capital city of Nairobi with 20 percent of its fresh water needs. However, human activities around the dam’s catchment are causing sedimentation and contamination by water pollutants. Pollution from small towns and farms results in a high bacterial count in rivers, abnormal […]

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From RUPES “To guarantee long-term sustainability of a payment or reward for environmental service (ES) project, the principle of equity must be embedded in project design. If we want a system that pays people to look after the environment and we want to make sure that the system lasts, then fairness has to be built […]

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By Nyongesa Mukele Josephat The Lake Naivasha basin is located in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya and has a total area of 1,700 square kilometers, with altitude ranging from 1,887 to 3,906 metres above sea level. The lake is one of the few fresh water lakes in Kenya’s Rift Valley as most of the […]

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A pilot programme in Malawi where farmers receive cash payments for growing trees could provide useful lessons for other environmental service projects elsewhere in Africa.  The study examines different approaches to setting prices and allocating environmental service contracts when the budget for participation is limited. This project is running in the central Malawi district of […]

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Representatives of local communities, water users and relevant government departments have endorsed the results of PRESA’s research at the Sasumua catchment area. When asked to respond to specific issues of the research, most participants said the findings, related to water pollution, land tenure, and land use, were an accurate reflection of the situation in the […]

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