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Jul 4, 2012 by Judith Nzyoka Usambara Mountains, Tanzania, are recognized internationally as one of the world’s most bio diverse ecosystems and conservation efforts, they face an ongoing threat from clearing for smallholder agriculture. As many remaining fragments of forest lie on farmers’ properties, often in the form of modified agroforestry systems, a potential means […]

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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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Two new publications on payments for environmental services (PES) in Africa are now online.  Below are details and links to the publications:

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From the World Agroforestry Centre Do Rewards for Environmental Services (RES) projects actually benefit the poor? What does it take to secure participation? How do you deal with uncertainty regarding the future of carbon markets? It is issues such as these that Caitlin Patterson and Dr Henry Neufeldt have been investigating through a survey and […]

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Spatial analysis is an important tool for gathering information about plant diversity in specific geographic areas around the world. Monitoring the status of plant species and patterns of distribution enables us to set priority areas for conservation, identifying which species are most at risk and where we have gaps in collections. This vital information helps […]

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From the Science for Environment Policy news service Humans are more dependent upon ecosystem services and biodiversity than ever before, according to researchers. A new study has demonstrated that human well-being derived from three major ecosystem services has been increasing, particularly in countries considered to be biodiversity hotspots. The ecosystem services are water provision, biodiversity […]

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The PRESA project is halfway through its life as of August 2010. We have received many inquiries on what PRESA is doing at its sites. Since inception, PRESA has conducted baseline analysis, socio-economic surveys and assessments of potential environmental services. The surveys were done with the help of site partners and student researchers. This article […]

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Payments for ecosystem services (PES) are one of a number of policy options available to support the provision of ecosystem services. Based on the characteristics of ecosystem services, a recent study has developed a framework for deciding when payments are a suitable tool for delivering ecosystem services. Ecosystems provide services essential for human well-being and […]

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The products of PRESA research activity are now publicly available on this website. The page titled, “Research outputs,” contains the results of surveys and assessments carried out at various PRESA sites. The research can provide useful lessons to other organizations interested in setting up payments for environmental service schemes within Africa. The availability of research […]

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Is your organization ready to begin drafting contracts for ecosystem services between a community and a potential buyer? PRESA and partners have produced template contracts to help organizations create legal agreements between buyers and sellers of environmental services. The guides can easily be downloaded from the Katoomba Group website and will soon be available on […]

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