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Payments for Ecosystems / Environmental Services (PES)

We have 35 items tagged with ‘Payments for Ecosystems / Environmental Services (PES)’.
  • The morning fish auction at Mumbai's Ferry Wharf. Thousands of boats fish along the coast, putting acute pressure on fish stocks (Photo: lecercle, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Shaking the money pot to protect nature

    Nature gives us a lot: water, timber, minerals, biodiversity, food, clean air… But the perception that natural capital is endless and free leads to overuse and under-investment – and we constantly hear that there's not enough money to invest in the environment. The 22nd Poverty Environment Partnership conference asked how we can shake the piggy bank to give something back to nature

    25 July 2017 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Hilsa fish at a wholesaler fish market in Dhaka (Photo: Ina Porras/IIED)

    The hilsa fishing ban: good for the fish, but good for the fisher?

    Seasonal fishing bans are helping to recover stocks of Bangladesh's national fish, the hilsa. Bigger fish are fetching better prices and – from traders to retailers − many people along the value chain are benefiting. But a new IIED study shows how one group is slipping through the net: the fishermen and women

    28 February 2017 | Blog | Fisheries
  • New tools can measure the benefits of ecosystems such as coastal mangrove forests, such as this one in Mexico. Mangroves provide protection from coastal flooding and erosion, as well as nutrition for marine life (Photo: Peyri Herrera, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Action to protect nature and tackle poverty gathers momentum

    An IIED workshop heard how new global agendas and advances in ways to measure the benefits of natural resources are reframing the debate on how to protect the environment while reducing poverty

    2 November 2016 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Seeds collected from a farm in Chiapas, Mexico, for replanting and use in traditional medicine. (Photo: Ina Porras)

    Conditional transfers for poverty reduction and ecosystem management

    Market-based instruments, such as payments for ecosystem services (PES) and conditional social transfers (CSTs), can be used to promote social and environmental objectives. This project will look at PES and CST schemes at both national and sub-national levels in eight countries. The aim is to inform the design of practical solutions for tackling poverty and improving ecosystems.

    26 April 2016 | Project | Biodiversity
  • Villagers dig out a silted up water tank, paid for by India's National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (Photo: Mackay Savage, Creative Commons via Wikimedia)

    Finding solutions for less poverty and better ecosystems

    Policy measures to tackle poverty often overlook environmental impacts, while environmental policies do not always deliver for the poor. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) require both – so how can governments combine efforts?

    15 December 2015 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • Men sit in a wooden boat in Sumatra.

    Using incentive mechanisms to conserve biodiversity

    How and what incentives work to conserve biodiversity and ensure positive sustainable development outcomes?

    15 July 2015 | Article | Biodiversity
  • Hilsa catch at Chandpur landing centre, Bangladesh (Photo: Essam Yassin Mohammed/IIED)

    Investing in hilsa fishery as economic infrastructure for Bangladesh

    This project aims to estimate the economic value of hilsa fishery to Bangladesh's economy and to rigorously assess the impact of the economic incentive for managing fishery

    29 June 2015 | Project | Fisheries
  • Kenya’s Maasai pastoral herders are being paid for conserving their wildlife-rich lands. These payments for ecosystem services are giving the herders a predictable source of income. (Photo: Bedelian/ILRI, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Save the date: Payments for Ecosystem Services conference and workshop in Uganda

    How can we promote the protection of natural resources in an equitable way? Two events in Uganda will look at the key issues

    22 February 2015 | Article | Sustainable markets
  • Fishermen hauling in nets near the Kenyan coastal town of Shimoni (Photo: Anna Kika via Flickr)

    Can we save our fisheries with lessons from our forests?

    Payments to encourage the conservation of important natural resources are being used to protect forests, but can they also play a role in restoring depleted fisheries?

    27 November 2014 | Blog | Fisheries
  • Supporting alternative livelihoods, IIED and partners are helping the Bangladesh government to develop an effective, equitable and sustainable compensation scheme (Photo: Abdul Wahab)

    Protecting ecosystems and livelihoods in Bangladesh

    Bangladesh shifts towards more effective, equitable and sustainable approaches to safeguard hilsa fishing

    9 October 2014 | Article | Fisheries
  • A shoal of fish; marine issues were among the focus of the international seminar

    International seminar to demonstrate economic value of marine and coastal ecosystem services

    An international seminar in Costa Rica on Friday, 5 September focused on the economic contribution of marine and coastal ecosystem services to the regional economy

    4 September 2014 | News | Fisheries
  • Costa Rica's Peñas Blancas Reservoir is the focus of work involving payments for ecosystem services (Photo: Dr Ina Porras)

    Payments for ecosystem services: We can't leave people out of the equation

    What's next for schemes that pay communities to protect local ecosystems? This is what leading researchers and practitioners in the field came together to discuss at IIED's conference in Edinburgh last week

    28 March 2014 | Blog | Economics
  • Watch an animation produced by IIED to highlight its sustainable fisheries work

    Inspiring action for sustainable fisheries: Today and the future

    In the wake of predictions that the oceans will be fishless by 2050, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) has produced an animation to showcase its work on the economics of marine and coastal fisheries

    28 March 2014 | Article | Fisheries
  • Participants at IIED's Innovations for equity in smallholder payments for ecosystem services conference at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh (Photo: Kate Wilson)

    Coverage of conference on Innovations for equity in smallholder PES: bridging research and practice

    On March 21, IIED hosted a conference that aimed to explore the latest thinking on how to make schemes that compensate protectors of natural resources fairer and more inclusive

    18 March 2014 | Article | Sustainable markets
  • Deforestation and fire ravage a forest area in Uganda (Photo: Paul Hatanga)

    Random trials in Uganda to show if payments for ecosystems services really work

    To assess whether a promising approach to reduce poverty and conserve forests in Uganda really works, we need to use a randomised controlled trial, says Paul Hatanga.

    10 March 2014 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • Seaweed farming in Nusa Lembongan, Bali, is an example of an alternative livelihood project (Photo: Yeowatzup via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

    Are "alternative livelihoods" projects effective?

    Considerable sums have been spent on projects designed to provide people with alternative ways to make a living in and around protected or biodiverse areas. But do such projects work?

    4 February 2014 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • A native bird in Costa Rica found in a payments for environmental services project run by IIED and FONAFIFO (Photo Ina Porras)

    Who will pay for ecosystem services?

    Payments for ecosystem services have the potential to promote healthier ecosystems and fairer deals for smallholders. This is all very good, but where will the money for such schemes come from?

    28 January 2014 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • A village in North Sri Lanka benefits from energy provided by a solar panel (Photo: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

    IIED and Hivos set up 'Change Labs' on food and energy

    IIED and development organisation Hivos have today launched a two-year strategic partnership to provide research-based policy advice to improve sustainable food systems and access to energy in developing and emerging countries.

    22 January 2014 | News | Energy
  • A scheme that pays farmers to protect the habitats of Ugandan chimpanzees will be discussed at IIED's PES event in March (Credit: The Dilly Lama, via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

    Save the date: IIED conference on payments for ecosystem services

    The International Institute for Environment and Development will hold a meeting on 21 March 2014 in Edinburgh to explore ways to make schemes that compensate protectors of natural resources fairer and more inclusive.

    15 January 2014 | News | Sustainable markets
  • A net full of cod. Photo: Derek Keats (Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

    Fishy business at IIED

    The end of November was an exciting time for IIED’s Sustainable Markets Group, which launched two publications and an online network, all with a focus on sustainable fisheries. Grace Philip reports.

    10 December 2013 | Blog | Fisheries
  • Costa Rica has adapted its systems of payments for ecosystem services over the past two decades

    Payments for ecosystem services: Costa Rica’s recipe

    Costa Rica has adopted a mix of economic and regulatory policies to protect its forests – the eclectic mix of ingredients could be judged a recipe for success.

    29 November 2013 | Blog | Forests
  • Five ways to boost stocks of the Bay of Bengal’s beloved hilsa fish

    A pioneering scheme that could boost stocks of a fish that feeds millions of people in Bangladesh, India and Myanmar may be a model for other fisheries, but would be more effective if it changed in five ways, says a study published today by the International Institute for Environment and Development.

    28 November 2013 | News | Fisheries
  • Fish Night @ IIED will launch book and online network

    The International Institute for Environment and Development will launch our latest book, Economic Incentives for Marine and Coastal Conservation: Prospects, Challenges and Policy Implications on 28 November.

    7 November 2013 | News | Fisheries
  • Coral reefs provide us with goods worth hundreds of billions of dollars but are in decline. Copyright: 2004 Richard Ling

    How to protect our oceans: use more carrots

    Incentives to protect marine and coastal environments could be more effective than a ‘command and control’ approach, but only if reinforced by efficient, transparent and equitable governance.

    1 November 2013 | Blog | Fisheries
  • Lush forests in Ghana – one of the focus countries where REDD+ is relatively new. (Photo: Neil Palmer/CIAT)

    Designing REDD+ to promote sustainable development and reduce poverty

    From 2009-13 this IIED project looked at how REDD+ could be designed to promote sustainable development and reduce poverty, as well as reduce deforestation and forest degradation

    12 September 2013 | Project | Forests
  • Boat surrounded by vegetation growing in the water near the river port of Vallemi.

    Will Payments for Watershed Services fuel the protection of ecosystem services?

    It’s easier to prevent pollution harnessing the forces of nature than to clean up the mess with costly technology. Is there a solution at hand?

    21 June 2013 | Blog | Monitoring, evaluation and learning
  •  Men and women fish off the island of Padma Pakur. Image by Espen Rasmussen/PANOS

    Compensation for conservation of Bangladesh’s national fish

    IIED and partners have launched a project that aims to conserve the most important fish species in the cuisine of Bangladesh — the hilsa — by redesigning a system that rewards people who help to protect it.

    28 May 2013 | News | Fisheries
  • Coral Reef. Economists at the BioEcon conference Credit: Magnus Manske (creative commons)

    The value of valuing ecosystem services

    Economists continually fail to get the message across. Nowhere is this more evident than in dealing with ecosystem services.

    28 September 2012 | Blog | Economics
  • En route to San José, Costa Rica. Credit: cicsc1970

    Nature has values, and markets can be governed

    The environmental community has been rightly wary of markets. But payments for environmental services can play a role in protecting nature, so long as governments guide, govern and regulate such markets.

    10 August 2012 | Blog | Economics
  • A man points his finger at someone in a meeting room at a debate at a meeting on the sustainable development of the Amazon at Rio+20.

    Five things we’ve learnt from Rio+20

    While the outcomes from Rio +20 may not currently give grounds for much optimism, its value is likely to be in less tangible, longer-term changes in attitudes and understanding.

    3 July 2012 | Blog | Governance
  • Peñas Blancas Reservoir in Costa Rica.

    Costa Rica: Growing money on trees

    Actions urgently needed to protect ecosystems are costly, and money doesn’t rain down from the sky or grow from the trees. Or does it?

    26 June 2012 | Blog | Natural resource management
  • An artisanal fisherman in rural Bangladesh

    Buy me an ocean: why we need payments for coastal and marine environments

    Without incentives to properly manage coastal and marine environments, these valuable resources will continue to deteriorate — with dire consequences for already impoverished communities.

    7 June 2012 | Blog | Economics
  • Seven Rio+20 briefing papers from IIED

    Seven Rio+20 briefing papers from IIED

    The International Institute for Environment and Development has published seven briefing papers on topics that will feature in the Rio+20 summit and IIED’s Fair ideas conference, also in Rio, on 16-17 June.

    25 May 2012 | News | Food and agriculture
  • Buy me a river

    Asking poor households how much they would be willing to pay to protect a river in Thailand can help put a tangible price-tag on the river’s benefits — from clean water to flood control — and realistically assess the costs of overexploitation and degradation.

    25 October 2010 | Blog | Fisheries
  • Phillip Kihumuro, an assistant Conservation Officer, points to a wild chimpanzee in Uganda.

    Markets and payments for environmental services

    Payments for environmental services (also known as payments for ecosystem services or PES), are payments to farmers or landowners who have agreed to take certain actions to manage their land or watersheds to provide an ecological service.

    3 October 2008 | Project | Biodiversity
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