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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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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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By Nyongesa Josephat 504 Kenyan farmers have received 799,724 Kenya Shillings (US$ 8,886) this year from industrialists and conservation groups around Lake Naivasha, for land use practices that ensure adequate flow of clean water into the lake through the Malewa River. The payments are the second for an environmental services scheme at the upper catchment […]

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Strengthening local institutions is key to ensuring the involvement of smallholder farmers in payments for environmental service (PES) deals. PRESA worked with Nature Harness Initiatives (NAHI) in Uganda to prepare local stakeholders for participation in carbon PES along River Wambabya in the Albertine Rift, and watershed PES at the Rushebeya-Kanyabaha wetland. The work involved cataloguing the […]

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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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Over 200 households in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, were interviewed in a survey by PRESA, to find out whether consumers of water in the city are willing to pay for watershed conservation. The survey, held from 19 – 26 October is part of PRESA activities of linking communities living in the catchment area of Sasumua […]

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By Josephat Nyongesa On Thursday, May 20, 2010, environmental service sellers and buyers signed one of the very first environmental service contracts in Kenya. The aim is to secure livelihoods and habitats for biodiversity and economic development in the Lake Naivasha catchment. With support from the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) and CARE- Kenya, the […]

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Ecobank Malawi, a pan African Bank present in 31 countries, has pledged continued support to over 170 small holder farmers to plant trees in Ntchisi District, central region of Malawi. The project, where farmers will be receiving cash in exchange for investing land and labor, is aimed at promoting the planting of the indigenous M’bawa […]

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