Policy

The Pro-poor rewards for environmental services in Africa (PRESA) project at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has been instrumental in providing evidence on the effectiveness of the Payments for environmental services (PES) initiative which aims at rewarding communities that protect /provide essential environmental services. PRESA  has been operating in eight sites in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Guinea since […]

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Jul 11, 2012 by Judith Nzyoka The one of representative from Pro-poor Rewards for Environmental Service in Africa (PRESA) was given a chance to show the programme’s initiative as part of RIO+20 negotiations focused on how to shift to a sustainable, green economy. One way of shifting to a green economy is to “ place an […]

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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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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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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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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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Demand for charcoal in Tanzania is growing, as charcoal is a cheap energy source for most households. However, as charcoal is produced by burning trees, increasing demand could frustrate efforts at curbing deforestation in the country. Tanzania is interested in conserving its tree cover through programmes in reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+). It is […]

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At a conference in Jinja, Uganda, held in October 2010, the Network for Environmental Services in Africa (NESA) was formed to share experiences from payments for environmental service (PES) projects in Africa. Members include researchers, environmentalists and representatives of relevant government institutions. NESA is currently hosted at the Victoria Institute for Research on Environment and […]

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