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Payments for Ecosystem Services – Getting Started (Katoomba Group)

(Katoomba Group Getting Started A Primer)

An Introductory Primer to Assessing and Developing Payments for Ecosystem Service Deals / Katoomba Group / 2008 The Katoomba Group was established in 1999 by Forest Trends. It is an international working group made up of experts from different sectors (forests, energy, finance, environment) focused […]

The narrow road of Payments for Ecosystem Services (Martyn Murray)

(Martyn Murray)

Martyn Murray / IUCN – Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group / March 2013 Murray picks through the main debates around Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes. He argues definitions are becoming too broad because they are including very diverse types of ecosystem services such […]

Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation workshop report (ESPA)

(Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation logo)

Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation / May 2012 The Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) research programme was set up in 2010. Its goal is to “ensure that, in developing countries, ecosystems are being sustainably managed in a way that contributes to poverty reduction as […]

Key arguments against REDD+ (Carbon Trade Watch)

(Say no to REDD)

Carbon Trade Watch / June 2011 According to Carbon Trade Watch REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in developing countries) is a “global initiative to create a financial value for the carbon stored in forests to compensate governments and companies or owners of […]

An introduction to REDD+ (Global Canopy Programme)

(Antonio Cruz da Abr, deforestation in the Amazon, creative commons)

Global Canopy Programme / November 2012 This animated video explains the aim of REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) is to address deforestation in developing countries. If deforestation is not tackled there will not be a solution to climate change. The video says that some […]

Payments for Ecosystem Services – Learning Tools (Katoomba Group)

(The Katoomba Group)

PES Learning Tools / Katoomba Group This introductory page is designed to support organizations who want to understand how PES can work in practice. The Katoomba Group was established in 1999 by Forest Trends. It is an international working group made up of experts from […]

Introduction to ecosystem services (Ecosystem Marketplace)

(MagnusManske, coral reef, creative commons)

Background document prepared by Ecosystems Marketplace The Ecosystems Marketplace website has regular news and reports on environmental markets, Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES), climate change, water and biodiversity. In this introduction they provide a brief overview of the origins of the concept of ecosystem services […]

Attaching economic values to our ecosystems (RTCC)

(Aly Abou-Sabaa African Development Bank)

Responding to Climate Change (RTCC) climate change TV at Rio+20 / June 2011 Aly Abou-Sabaa from the African Development Bank explains why he believes it is so important to place an economic value on the environment because there is currently over exploitation of the oceans, […]

Green Infrastructure Valuation Toolkit

Green infrastructure

Developed by a consortium of environment bodies and organisations in the United Kingdom This valuation toolkit is designed to support local authorities, local business, land developers and the community. Toolkit page They can calculate the value of Green Infrastructure to assess the benefits from: Woodland […]

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