Kenya

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 Judith Nzyoka Farmer’s Life, a for profit company in Partnership with ICRAF (PRESA) is piloting a conditional low-interest microfinance approach with farmers in Sasumua watershed as  an incentive to plant grass strips to reduce soil erosion and maintain agricultural yields.  Grass strips planted at intervals appropriate to the gradient of farm land have been […]

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Jul 31, 2012 By J. Nyongesa edited by Judith Nzyoka The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Kenya Country office) in partnership with CARE – Kenya has been implementing the phased Equitable Payment for Watershed Services (EPWS) scheme in within Naivasha where the third payment was done on June 21, 2012. The project in the Lake Naivasha […]

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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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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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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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