03 Oct 2013
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In this edition of SinergiA, Esteve Corbera from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA; Barcelona, Spain) shares his opinion on whether research is supporting improvements in PES and whether there are limits to lessons to be learned by implementers or to what researchers can offer. We also place special attention on the social and institutional aspects of PES schemes. Prof. Jiménez (Municipal Mayor of the Autonomous Government of Quirusillas, Santa Cruz-Bolivia), for example reports his experience on the commitments that should be made within Reciprocal Agreements on Water (ARA´s). We are pleased to encourage new discussions like this in further editions to support unifying ecosystem services research, policy and action, and so that limitations are openly discussed. We wish you a pleasant reading experience,

The Editors of SinergiA

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Deaf and blind? Why I am troubled about the future of PES research

Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) have emerged as a potential tool to achieve conservation in diverse socio-economic and cultural contexts. Empirical research with examples from the global North and South is booming. Many studies focus on how payments translate in additional service provision (i.e. effectiveness) and/or if they contribute to benefit targeted land users whilst not undermining theirs and others' livelihoods (i.e. equity, benefit sharing). Some have also started to analyze if PES are crowding-out existing conservation motivations and resulting in "pay me or I burn" type of behavior.These efforts are laudable and interesting. However, a troubling thought has been growing in me since I started studying PES more than ten years ago: does it matter what "researchers" say or propose for PES improvement? Are there limits to what implementers can learn and to what research can actually offer?

I have seen how well intentioned implementers have been caught up in administrative, financing and service accounting issues, and how understaffing and a "rush toward service provision" results in insufficient understanding and unsustained engagement with targeted land users. In these cases, I found that, despite rhetoric, the main reason behind such outcomes was that so-called "service buyers" were more interested in the environmental performance of their payments than in their equity implications. Implementers would not bother much either, "we prefer not messing up with local politics", they would often say...

In government-led programs, I found implementers to quickly adopt ecosystem services and land users' targeting recommended by scientists to improve additionality. However, programs rather focused on increasing PES coverage and less so on analyzing social and environmental consequences over time and space. An example of these issues is Mexico, where science-policy interaction in program design has been effective but has been haphazard when it comes to ecosystems and social panel data monitoring.This uneasy feeling I had about "nobody listening" or that PES learning could be too slow to avoid unintended consequences on ecosystems and people's livelihoods was reinforced, for example, by Suiseeya and Caplow's recent article in Global Environmental Change (2013, in press). Their findings suggest that, despite good intentions, carbon offset project design often fails to meet standard-based social justice criteria. This resonates with findings from evaluations of ICDP programs, CDM projects, etc. Therefore, will the adoption of guidelines and standards be sufficient to guarantee positive social outcomes of PES projects? Researchers may be also blamed for not getting PES design and the local context right. Many of us fail to engage over time with a given project, to "get dirty" at village level (beyond a few weeks/months), due to time and administrative constraints.

PES research may thus simply not be useful if "doers" are not listening, if "service buyers" are not committed to pay the costs for evaluating PES in the long-term, and if donors do not support PES action research beyond 3 or 4-year periods. This makes me wonder if I should continue caring about PES evaluation studies... May a kind reader please act as a psychologist and respond with evidence for hope? Or may someone instead reaffirm what I said and suggest me an extended vacation? Guidance is appreciated.

Esteve Corbera is a researcher at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) at UAB. Previously he was Senior Research Associate at the Overseas Development Group and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia, UK. He holds a degree in environmental science, a master's degree in natural resources management and a doctorate in development studies.

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ARA, a future commitment

The first incentive was conflict resolution. In 1998, in the Quirusillas- Mairana basin something happened that caused tension among the inhabitants of the upper and lower basin. The Quirusillas river flow had decreased in volume and the population of the lower basin population faced the possibility of losing their crops and livestock, so they asked the upper basin people to take turns letting water pass through. ¨Allow us water just Saturday and Sunday, only…¨. The upper basin people responded with a resounding “No”. This initiated a conflict, in which local, regional and even state authorities became involved.

The upper basin people refused to sacrifice themselves for the lower basin, who, in contrast to them, had already cut down the trees that worked as their water source. The lower basin people argued that their parents and grand parents were responsible for not taking care of the river, not them and they asked for greater concern and thoughtfulness from the upper basin population. Since the agreement wasn’t reached, the lower basin threatened to block the only road in the area that connects to the markets in the capital, so the upper basin people would also lose their crops. With an imminent conflict at hand, each basin sought out the proper supplies to cope with the roadblock and its consequences.

Nobody thought about nature’s ways, and in the early morning of the roadblock  it started to rain heavily, causing flooding of the river.
These events brought about deep reflection and forced everyone to design actions jointly. The Municipal Governments declared the water sources to be Protected Areas and alliances with organizations who helped with implementation of community awareness plans.

The success of a Reciprocal Water Agreement (ARA, for its acronym in Spanish), lies in the way the stakeholders developed an optimal awareness level that allows objective actions and commitments. It’s not the environmental speeches. Nor the prohibitions. The communities cannot be contained with DO NOT BURN, DO NOT CUT DOWN, etc. if it compromises their economic wellbeing. The success of the reciprocal agreement lies in the will to give to the future with nothing in return. From the local government policy perspective, the need to obtain political returns must be absent from actions such as ARA.

It is appropriate to be convinced that development cannot go against the inhabitants’ wellbeing. It must support the community wellbeing; love for the basin, for the good relationships among communities, for having the basic needs on the table. For all these reasons, when we struggle for water, for the environment, we must remember that the first element in the environment is human wellbeing.

Prof. Gabriel Jiménez
Elected Mayor
Autonomous Municipal Government of Quirusillas
Santa Cruz-Bolivia


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Brazilian Business and Ecosystem Services Partnership

The Brazilian Business and Ecosystem Services Partnership aims to demonstrate the business benefits of environmental services in Brazil, and is headed by the Center for Sustainability Studies of the Getulio Vargas Foundation (GVces), the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEBDS, for its acronym in english) and the World Resources Institute has the following objectives: a) to strengthen the capacity of businesses to better mange the risks and opportunities that arise from the dependence and impacts of businesses on ecosystems services; b) demonstrate the business benefits of ecosystem services through the development of new strategies for profitable business practices that also maintain ecosystem services in Brazil and c) develop a network of professionals to repeat and extend the successful strategies.  By making the connection between ecosystem health and the bottom line, this Partnership not only encourages more sustainale business practices, but also opens the door to opportunities for profitable business. 

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Forest Conservation Project in Paraguay

Since January 2009, the World Land Trust, Swire Pacific Offshore and Guyra Paraguay have developed a Conservation Project in the forests of Paraguay, with the goal of avoiding the emission of 800.000 Tco2e in 20 years at a value of US$7 millon. The objective of the project is to conserve the natural and cultural qualities, including carbon that is captured, in the forest lands of the transitionary zone between the Chaco-Pantanal in Alto Paraguay, an area that is under threat of transformation to cattle ranching. The strategy involves the collaborative purchase of available properties with local communities, including legal guarantees that will ensure the permanence of the conservation.

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Strengthening knowledge, information management and supporting tools for Payments for Watershed Services in rural areas (PSA-H) Brasil

Embrapa Solos-Rio de Janeiro is leading the project “Strengthening knowledge, information management and supporting tools for Payments for Watershed Services in rural areas” with several partners such as The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the National Agency for Water (ANA). The project has started in 2012 and is expected to last 3 years. It has 6 conceptual components: conceptual frameworks and experiences exchange among researchers within this topic, information management and building a database, developing a register, description and mapping of PWS in Brazil, ranking of socio-economic and environmental indicators, consolidation of methodologies to support implementation and monitoring of tools for implementing PWS and elaborating tools for transferring results to decision makers. 

For further information please contact the project´s contact

Rachel Bardy Prado at rachel.prado@embrapa.br 


Integrated eco-technologies and services for a sustainable Rural Rio (INTECRAL) in Brazil

This project was launched this year sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. This initiative is a joint effort being implemented by the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences and the Rio Rural Programme (supported by the Secretary of Agriculture and Livestock of the Rio de Janeiro State). The overall objective of this 3 year project is to provide integrated solutions of services and adapting German Green technologies to allow an environmentally sound and economically sustained development of the watersheds in rural Rio de Janeiro within the environment of emerging green markets. This includes a working package specifically dedicated to ecosystem services. For more information, please contact: Juan Torrico or access the Rio Rural Website here.


ARA School: An opportunity to learn about the Forest and Water Conservation (Bolivia)

After 10 years of successful implementation of the Reciprocal Water Agreements (RWA), Fundación Natura Bolivia is creating the "RWA School", with support from CFHF (Conservation, Food & Health Foundation). This initiative has the objective of training municipalities, Water Cooperatives and NGO's to develop their own RWA in areas where the biophysical and social conditions are in place to develop such schemes. This occurs after a training program and learning guide that will be Fundacion Natura's responsibility.

For more information contact Fundacion Natural Bolivia 


Sustainable Life of Forests (Bolivia)

Since June 2013, Fundación Natura Bolivia has had the support of IICA in implementing the mitigation and adaptation to climate change pilot project called Sustainable Life of the Forests. The objective of this project is to contribute to the devlopment of mechanisms that complement Mother Earth and channel resources to communities that protect the environmental functions of the forests, by supporting the institutional social and technical viability of the work, and supporting the conservation of forests and mitigation of climate change. The project will benefit communities in the Amazonian Department of Santa Cruz.  The goal is to establish an institutional framework and local commitment marked by the recognition of the carbon emission reductions in the protected forests...

For more information contact: Tatiana Torres


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Serving the Ecosystems: The Role of ecosystem services of the Yawanawa Indigeous Group in guaranteeing the provision of ecosystem services.

Are academics and the market managing to support indigenous communities in increasing their perception of the environmental services that they offer to the global society? Can the services offered by the forests be maintained without the prescence of the indigenous and other ethnic groups? Seeking to support the Indigenous Group Yawanawa in the Gregorio river, Tarauacá, Acre in understanding the importance of the recognition and compensation from the regional and international contexts for the environmental services currently being offered, between the 13-15 of June 2013, a Workshop entitled "Developing a Life Plan and Program for Compensation of Ecosystem and Environmental Services from the Indigenous lands of the Gregorio River", Aldeia Mutum, through collaboration with the Associação Cultural Yawanawa (ASCY), Forest Trends (Comunities and Markets Program), Fundo Vale and the Rights and Resources Coalition (RRI). 

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UN Human Rights: Panama: UN expert examine the situation of indigenous peoples in the country

The Special Spokesman of the United Nationas doe Indigenous Rights, James Anaya, visited Panama between the 19 and 26th of July to study the situation of indigenous groups in the country.  In announcing his official mission to Panama, the independent expert of the UN expressed his desire to "better understand the perspectives of the indigenous groups, government representatives and other interested parties about the possibilities and challenges that exist with respect to human rights of the indigenous groups in the country."   

The Special Spokesperson will elaborate a report with the conclusions and recommendations of the topics that were studied on this mission, which will be presented to the Human Rights Commission of the UN in 2014.



World Indigenous Network (WIN)

Since August 2011, the journey of the World Indigenous Network (WIN) has gathered momentum and in June 2012, the Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard with the support of Brazil, New Zealand and Norway, launched the Network at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20) in Brazil.
The Australian Government established a National Advisory Group to support and provide strategic advice and direction for the WIN and WIN Conference in 2013. The group’s membership comprises of representatives from key Indigenous organisations around Australia.
The Australian Government and the National Advisory Group continue to build relationships and encourage support from other countries, international and non-government organisations to be part of the WIN journey.
As custodians of knowledge and expertise, the World Indigenous Network will bring together Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities land and sea managers to share stories, knowledge, cultural experiences and ideas to better manage ecosystems, protect the environment and support sustainable livelihoods.
The overall aim of the World Indigenous Network is to encourage:
• better conservation of biological diversity and sustainable use of natural resources
• improved social cohesion
• increased economic opportunities and the alleviation of poverty.

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Belize Fisheries Project could help protect indigenous lands and relieve border tensions

Environmental NGO EcoLogic has big plans for a bi-national fisheries project between Belize and Guatemala that will ultimately build an organized union of local fisherfolk with decision-making capabilities over the region's natural resource management and, as a possible byproduct, empower them to meet the looming threat of oil exploitation.



Amazonian people demonstrates that saved the forest, become first to generate REDD+ credits

Indigenous people have long been among the most responsible stewards of the rainforest – a role that benefits the world at large but offers little in the way of economic reward for the people themselves. Brazil's Paiter Suruí have taken a giant step towards changing that by becoming the first indigenous people to prove their actions save the forest and earning the right to generate credits for the carbon they capture in trees.

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Indigenous peoples of Central America excluded from conversation about forest governance

The Executive Commission of the Mesoamerican Alliance of peoples and Forests (or Alianza Mesoamericana de Pueblos y Bosques (AMPB) in spanish), expressed concern for the exclusion of the leaders of Indigenous groups from Panama and central america in the Regional Gathering of Forest Governance that took place July 9 under the REDD-CCAD/GIZ Program.

According to event organizers, the goal was to identify the challenges in good governance in forested ecosystems, to guarantee the sustainability of rural roductive activites and the ecosystem services that they generate.  

Dialogue has always been a privelaged approach for constucting shared visions, and the quality and results are related to the ability to involve the social groups that can better express different interests related to the topic of interest.  Because of this, the question arises how can quality dialogue be reached if some of the main protagonists were excluded?



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Peruvians take aim at regional cohesion in the issue of compensation for loss of biodiversity

The governments of Peru, Colombia, and Chile are all facing unprecedented levels of development, much of it in environmentally sensitive and valuable areas. This week, they will be meeting with the private sector and environmentalists to hammer out an agreement on biodiversity offsetting.

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United by the Water in Bolivia

The Bolivian projectin which hives are used for forest management has become iconic in the world of environmental services. In this update on the project, learn how the deal was structured between communities and those interested in the environmental service, and at the same time contributed to the creation of sinergies between communities. We report on the management of funds and future prospects.



The Chiapas state government says that REDD is alive and healthy, and far from being 'canceled'

Amigos de la Tierra México, the Mexican affiliate of Friends of the Earth, sent a ripple of confusion through the environmental community on Thursday when its Chiapas office posted an error-riddled story that implied the Mexican state had “cancelled” its plans to develop a statewide regulatory regime for generating carbon credits by saving endangered rainforest. 



Colombia leads in compensation for loss of biodiversity in Latin America

As Latin America’s economic prospects brighten, so does its concerns over how economic health will impact the environment. Several countries have begun to explore biodiversity offsetting, but Colombia is the first to implement rules and regulations specifically designed to support biodiversity offsetting. Here's how they're doing it.

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The Government and the Indigenous Peoples prepare for REDD+ in Panama

Efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (known as REDD and REDD + after) have been very controvercial since its inclusion in the Convention United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2005. On the one hand, expectations have increased about their potential to mitigate climate change, while contributing to other goals such as biodiversity conservation, poverty reduction and improving livelihoods, especially for indigenous peoples and forest communities.

You can download the report in the REDISAS link here


IBGE says 418 cities in Brazil pay for environmental services

In Brazil, 418 (or 7.5%) of the municipalities carry out payments for ecosystem services, with the Center-East as the region where this instrument if most prevalent. The data, refering to 2012, are part of the Investigation of Municipal Information (MUNIC, for the acronym in portuguese), released this Thursday by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, the IBGE.
In Brazil, initiatives connected to this topic are focused primarily on the conservation and recuperation of hydrological resources, conservation of vegetation in urban areas, and to a lesser extent, for retaining atmospheric carbon, which contributes to the reduction of the impact in climate change.

See the complete news piece (in portuguese) 


The State of Pará creates tax incentives to reduce deforestation areas (Brazil)

Last June, the State of Pará in Brazil launched the first economic instrument allowing the reduction in deforestation and the titling of rural properties as forseen in the Foresty Code be criteria for transferring public funds. THe "Green ICMS - Imposto sobre a Circulação de Mercadorias e Serviços " or Environmental Royalties will direct R$35million in 2014 to municipalities that meet the environmental requirements of the decree signed by Governor Simão Jatene (PSDB-PA).

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Importance of local participation in achieving equity in benefit-sharing mechanisms for REDD+

Maria Fernanda Gebara, ftom yhr Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests (OCTF) and Center for Law and Environment (CDMA) at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), wrote an article with title “Importance of local participation in achieving equity in benefit-sharing mechanisms for REDD+: a case study from the Juma Sustainable Development Reserve” that examine the degree of local participation in benefit-sharing mechanisms in the case of the Juma Sustainable Development Reserve in the State of Amazonas, Brazil, and assess how local participation – or lack of it – affects the outcomes, particularly with regard to equity.

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Indigenous groups, NGOs, and major corporations are lined by REDD+ in California

Eight indigenous leaders from Latin America and Africa have joined corporate giants like Disney and Pacific Gas & Electric as well as non-governmental organizations like Environment Africa and the Skoll Foundation in urging the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to recognize "jurisdictional REDD" (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation & Forest Degradation) carbon offsets, which are generated by saving endangered rainforest in jurisdictions that, like California, are reducing emissions across their jurisdiction. The endorsement only applies to credits from REDD projects that are recognized by and accounted for by those jurisdictions.

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ICAA Gender Manual

This is the first issue of the handbook on "How to integrate the gender equity approach in conservation initiatives." This Handbook provides practical guidance for environmental projects in the region, to facilitate the integration of the gender perspective in the design and implementation of their activities in an effort to improve results. This effort is sponsored by USAID. 

More information available here.


Overall evaluation of community-based natural resource management

Rural development issues are critical not only for the rural areas themselves but also for addressing pressing global concerns of food security (FS), climate change, biodiversity conservation, poverty reduction, provision of environmental goods and services, and good governance. This paper by Jon Anderson y Shreya Mehta of the International Resources Group IRG) has a two-fold objective: to assess the CBNRM experience in order to improve the performance of CBNRM itself, and to evaluate the lessons learned from CBNRM for critical issues – especially food security and climate change. 

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The participatory social impact assessment for projects and natural resource programs

In this recent translation of this tool written by Forest Trends, different components of social impact evaluation are presented, and how SIA can contribute to greater influence in social sustainability in projects when it is completed in the design phase. It describes the use of the methodology SIA ex-ante, including how to develop a social monitoring and indicators plan. This tool guides the user to have a solid basis for analysis during the duration of the intervention, and in the subsequent analyisis.

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Publication analyzes mega infrastructure and extractive in the Amazon Region

The book, written by anthropologist Paul E. Little, identifies four main social and environmental impacts that megaprojects are generating at the pan-Amazonian geographical scale: 1) The forced industrialization of the forest, 2) The territorial reorganization of the Amazon, 3) loss of biodiversity and forest degradation, and 4 ) the potential collapse of the hydrological basin.

These impacts together with an additional micro-regional scale impacts: 5) Destruction of livelihoods of indigenous peoples and traditional communities; 6) The damming and structural changes in hydrological regimes resulting and 7) urban growth disjointed that produces economic and social marginalization.
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Mapping actors, causes and drivers of deforestation

The project "Zero Net Deforestation: Demonstration Project in the Andean Amazon, NZD, to be implemented in the Amazon of Colombia, Ecuador and Peru has three main objectives. These are to launch demonstration projects of zero net deforestation in the three countries, to develop and experiment REDD+ prospects in forests that are at risk; achieve large-scale impact, and influence and improve lad use planning policy processes more broadly. As one of the starting points, different stakeholders involved in forest management were mapped. This process is key for identifying intervention strategies that will have a positive impact on the forest, and reduce pressures that currently cause deforestation and degradation. This report consists of three sections. The first section contains general information about the Amazon Region and the Province of Sucumbios, especially the cantons covering the demonstration area of the NZD Project (Cascales, Gonzalo Pizarro and Sucumbios), the information was collected from land use management plans and other secondary sources. The second section discusses the causes of deforestation, seeking to establish the relationship between the direct and underlying causes for theoretical and conceptual coherence. The third section presents the results of the stakeholder mapping.

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Forest Governance and Spatial Planning in Napo (Ecuador)

The project "Forest Governance and Spatial Planning in Napo" has as main objective to strengthen the planning process through the generation and management of key information, the inclusion of environmental guidelines and agreement of agendas on issues related to regional environmental governance in the Napo province, Ecuador. The project has placed special emphasis on the coordination of the generation and management of information between multiple levels and the need for conceptual and methodological inputs to strengthen territorial planning capabilities of the actors in the province. Some of the main thematic areas of work include dynamic monitoring of coverage and land use change (CCUT), with emphasis on monitoring of deforestation, forest resource characterization, and identification of the main barriers to effective processes and equitable participation in planning processes at different scales.

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Monitoring payments for watershed services schemes in developing countries

This paper discusses monitoring and evaluation criteria behind compliance monitoring (which ensures that contracts are followed), and effectiveness conditionality, which looks at how Payments for watershed schemes (PWS) manage to achieve their environmental objectives despite the degree of compliance. Evidence shows that there is a growing interest in PWS schemes, where participants deem the principle of land management; however impact assessment is required to establish which initiatives are authentically adding value and worth to follow. For further information download the publication by clicking here.


Impact of Extractive Industries on Rights Collective Forest Territories and Peoples and Communities

This report compiles and analyzes some aspects of the impact of extractive industries. The emphasis is on mining activities particularly in territories of Indigenous and African descent communities living in areas affected by this industry. It also examines the impact on natural forests.

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Lessons for REDD+ from payment programs for environmental services and incentives for conservation Examples of Costa Rica, Mexico and Ecuador

This document, produced by agencies in Costa Rica, Mexico and Ecuador with the support of the World Bank and Forest Trends documents the experiences of PSA and the implications for their programs and policies on REDD +, The report makes available lessons learned from these countries to the international community.

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Maneuvering the Mosaic: The State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2013

Maneuvering the Mosaic: the 2013 Report on the State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets analyzes trends in relation to demand, supply, prices, stakeholders, perceptions, and other issues. According to this year's Report, voluntary demand for carbon offsetting grew 4% in 2012, when buyers committed more than $523 million to offset 101 million metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. Private sector buyers flocked to offsets earned by planting trees, saving tropical forests, or distributing clean cookstoves in the developing world.

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WWF and the Government of the Acre publish study on incentives for environmental services

In association with the government of Acre, WWF-Brasil released a publication called "Incentive System for Environmental Services In the State of Acre", a study that deals with experiences in the state and explores tools that incentivise the maintenance of standing forests. In Acre, 14 years ago, the state government began to implement a series of socioenvironmental policies in order to motivate the sustainable use of the forests. This is the experience that the study analyzes, identifying the process of building the state program, which includes the REDD regime in the state (Reduction of Emisions from Deforestation and Degradation):

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Financial Mechanisms for Environmental Compliance in Infrastructure Projects

Environmental impact assessments (EIA) are the main regulatory tool governments use to balance the development and environmental values at stake in infrastructure development.Currently, however, project developers’ incentive for environmental performance dissipates as soon as environmental approval and financing are secured.
To really protect the environment, EIAs need to be accompanied by intelligently structured financial incentives.
To contribute with this context, Conservation Strategy Fund launched a discussion paper called "Finacial Mechanisms for Environmental Compliance in Infrastructure Projects".

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Director of Communications - EcoLogic

The Director of Development and Communications is a senior staff position ensuring the achievement of fundraising and communications goals through planning and execution. The individual in this key role will foster a culture of philanthropy within the organization, working closely with key staff and members of the board of directors, and is responsible for the strategic direction and overall management of fundraising and communications initiatives and activities. The incumbent represents the organization at philanthropic-related events and meetings, and is responsible for liaising with the Development Committee of the board of directors. The incumbent will also be responsible for raising gifts from existing and new major donors. As a member of EcoLogic's Leadership Team, the Director of Development and Communications will also help shape the direction and culture of the organization, while contributing to the overall success in implementing the organization's Strategic Plan.

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Project Coordinator, Community MRV- Global Canopy Programme

Based in Oxford, UK, the Project Coordinator will work in close collaboration with the GCP’s Head of Research and will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the project in the field and facilitation of coordination amongst project partners, GCP colleagues, and international networks. Candidates should have a background in conservation or development research and 1-3 years’ experience with field project management in tropical forest countries. Read more about the position here.


Program Officer Verified Carbon Standard

Based in Washington, D.C., the Program Officer will provide support on a number of tasks including providing guidance to project developers and other stakeholders, helping ensure the quality of projects entering the registry system, and managing methodologies being developed under the VC methodology approval process. Candidates should have a university degree and an understanding of GHG concepts, including voluntary and compliance carbon markets, the development of projects and methodologies, and the role of validation/verification bodies. Read more about the position here


Climate Smart Agriculture Programme Manager - The Gold Standard Foundation

Based in Freiburg or Geneva, the Climate Smart Agriculture Programme Manager will develop the requirements for Climate Smart Agriculture in close cooperation with Gold Standard stakeholders – ensuring Gold Standard principles are incorporated and adopted, especially with regards to stakeholder consultation and sustainable development evaluation & monitoring. Candidates should have a relevant degree in either agricultural science or environmental science and 3-5 years experience in carbon markets and/or land use and forests. Read more about the position here


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Economic Tools for Conservation - 2013 International Course

This is an online course from the 12th- 30th August at the Stanford University for those interested in studying theoretical and methodological tools that contribute to the knowledge of environmental management processes from a holistic view. More information on this event by clicking here.


InVEST and Sub-Global Assessment (SGA) Network Training Workshop

A 2 1/2 day workshop (30th August – 1st September in Bali, Indonesia) with focus on tools for Integrated Ecosystem Assessment and Management including hands-on training with InVEST and lessons learned from Sub-Global Assessment case studies. To attend this workshop, it is required to register additionally for the ESP international conference. 

More information by clicking here.
To see an article posted in Valorando Naturaleza on "Application and learning with the InVest tool in Perú), click here.


ToBeWell Conference: Linking wellness tourism to ecosystem services

The first seminar of the COST Action ToBeWell project will be held in Wageningen, The Netherlands, from the 3rd-5th of September. This project is based on bringing together principles of ecosystem services with more non-material services such as culture, health and wellbeing through tourism. More information by clicking here.


World Water Week

This event, hosted and organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), will take place from the 1st-6th of September in Stockholm, Sweden. This year´s theme is Water Cooperation - Building Partnerships. Browse this website for further information on this event.  


First Conference on Water Law

This event will be held between 15 and 16 August at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. The event will seek to highlight different approaches to structuring clear guidelines that promote thedevelopment of laws and regulations for proper water management.

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II National Meeting on development of regional conservation systems

The purpose of this meeting, on July 22, was to provide a space for learning and discussion around key aspects of the management of the Regional Conservation Systems based on lessons learned from those who are further along in the process and also discussing solutions to common problems and situations.

further information click here


International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB)

The International Congress for Conservation Biology is recognized as the most important global meeting for conservation professionals and students. The congress was held in Baltimore in July and featured a dynamic scientific program with more than 100 cutting edge events; networking opportunities, field trips, and world-renowned speakers. See more


Webinar: Latin America, the source of sustainable forestry investments

This Web seminar, or webinar, held on June 19, presented to Latin America as a source of sustainable forestry investments. The speakers discussed how forestry projects can be integrated into existing cultural structures and share benefits with local communities and at the same time be profitable and successful.

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Webinar: Financing adaptation to climate change

The goal of the Regional Portal Webinar on Technology Transfer and Climate Change Action in Latin America and the Caribbean REGATTA carried out on July 9 was the presentation of funding opportunities listed, its structure,  and an analysis of the results.

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International workshop "Evaluating Forest Conservation Initiatives: New Tools and Policy Needs"

This workshop from the 10th-12th of December in Barcelona aims at bringing together advanced research teams and policy makers to review and discuss innovative methodological strategies to evaluate forest conservation policy instruments. One expected result is to develop recommendations on how impact evaluations can be better integrated into conservation policy design and implementation. Further information on this event is available here


3rd International Congress of Ecosystems Services in the Neotropics

This congress will take place from the 7th-11th of October in Medellin, Colombia. It is organised within the benchmark 3 Latin American Networks for Ecosystem Services studies with the main objective to generate a common research agenda in the area of Ecosystem functions, goods and services. For more information, please check this website.

International conference: RegioResources 21

This conference intends (i) to provide an overview on the most recent questions and innovative solutions and (ii) to facilitate the intellectual exchange and methodological transfer between different disciplines involved in regional resource management, planning, decision making and policy support. It will be held on the 18th–20th of September at Catania, Italy. See more


UK- InVEST Training (Integrated Spatial Modeling of Ecosystem Services)

The training will start with a one-day 'Introduction to InVEST' for researchers, practitioners, and managers, who wish to gain a basic working knowledge of ecosystem service approaches and tools including NatCap's InVEST software suite. This training will be held from the 14th – 18th of October at Wallingford, Oxfordshire. 

Click here for more information on the course.
To see an article posted in Valorando Naturaleza on "Application and learning with the InVest tool in Perú), click here.


World Forum on Natural Capital

This event, held from the 21st-22nd of November in Edinburgh, is devoted exclusively to turning the debate on natural capital accounting into action. It will build on the enormous private sector interest shown at the Earth Summit in Rio and the many developments that have taken place since. For further information, please check


Espanol Portuguese Conservation Strategy Fund, CSF, is an international non-profit environmental organization that focuses on economic issues affecting the conservation of biodiverse ecosystems throughout the world. CSF finds solutions to the world’s conservation challenges through the strategic use of economics. Since 1998, CSF has delivered a unique combination of training and field studies aimed at improving conservation policy and management.  More information can be found at www.conservation-strategy.org.
Espanol Portuguese Valorando Naturaleza is an initiative of Forest Trends' Ecosystem Marketplace, a leading source of information about economic incentives and markets for ecosystem services. Utilizing our broad network of collaborators and journalists working in the region, Valorando Naturaleza provides original news coverage and in depth analysis; daily news aggregation; profiles and opinion pieces by leaders in the region; listings of events, job openings, fellowships, courses, requests for bids and other opportunities; and a library. We offer a free service to make publicly accessible reliable information about policy, finance, science and other topics related to environmental incentives, helping make conservation and pollution reduction a foundation of our economic and environmental systems. Our platform informs and connects businesses, decision makers, researchers, and community groups.
Espanol Portuguese The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, a federal agency, aids the government of the Federal Republic of Germany in its work to reach objectives in the area of international cooperation for sustainable development. It also acts at a global level in international education.  The main commissioning party of the GIZ is the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). GIZ operates in various areas, ranging from fostering economies and employment to the protection of the environment, from natural resources and climate, and extending to governance and democracy, construction of peace, security and reconstruction and management of civil conflict, food security, health and basic education.  In Latin America GIZ contributes to the implementation of various projects and cooperates particularly in the priority area of environmental management, theprotection of biodiversity and sustainable rural development.  
Communties & Markets
Espanol Portuguese Forest Trends’ Communities and Markets Initiative supports community rights and livelihoods based on integrated natural resource management approaches, building local capacity to benefit from ecosystem services and other economic incentives. Forest Trends' Communities and Markets Initiative seeks to link communities to environmental markets, working to create the awareness and capacity for communities to participate and benefit from payments and compensation schemes in recognition and retribution of their stewardship role of ecosystem services. We support communities' land tenure rights as their right and the basis for securing their cultural identity and economic development, and as a pre-condition for their successful participation in environmental markets.

Espanol Portuguese REDISAS, the Network of Interested Parties in Environmental Services, is a formal network established in 2005 as an initiative of Ecodecisión (EMPRESA SOCIAL, working in Latin America developing mechanisms through analysis of scientific, technical and environmental information about threatened forests and landscapes to demonstrate te tangible value of nature) with collaboration of various people and institutions interested in the topic of environmental services, compensation for conservation of nature and conservation of biodiversity. REDISAS promotes a platform for reflection and analysys about incentives to protect and recuperate biodiversity, which looks to disseminate learning and experiences in Ecuador and Latinamerica about mechanisms used in the sustainable management of natural resources.
Espanol Portuguese RACSA, the Learning Network about Conservation of Environmental Services, is a grouping of civil society organizations, public institutions, NGO's municipal authorities and other actors interested in learning about initiatives to conserve environmental services and improve the wellbeing of the poorest in Bolivia. The Network generates a space to debate ideas, lessons learned and reflect. It is composed of representatives of Fundacion Avina, ICEA, SBDA, FAN and Fundacion Natura Bolivia. 
Espanol Portuguese The Center for Development Research (ZEF) is an international and interdisciplinary research center of the University of Bonn. Broadly, ZEF research focuses on Political and Cultural Change, Economic and Technological Change and Ecology and Natural Resources Management in developing countries. ZEF runs a highly recognized international doctoral program that is open to qualified individuals, especially from developing countries. www.zef.de