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Training on Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) and Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD)

Event Overview

Training on Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) and Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD)

August 08, 2011 - August 09, 2011

Nairobi, Kenya
The Kentmere Club

This workshop was the first of two offered by ICRAF's PRESA Project, The Katoomba Group, and Forest Trends--with funding from UNDP in August 2011--on Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) and Reducing Emissions from Degradation and Deforestation (REDD+). Participants included policy makers, private sector stakeholders and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from Cameroon, Guinea, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The aim was to increase understanding of the opportunities associated with payments for ecosystem services highlighting the potential of PES to create incentives for natural resource management practices that take into consideration, and derive benefits from, the value carbon sequestration, water quality and quantity, and biodiversity. 

Participants were provided with:
  • An introduction to PES and the related areas of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+);
  • A discussion of policy, legal, and institutional supports that can enable, or prohibit, PES transactions at a national or sub-national level;
  • An explanation of what PES and REDD+ both entail for all parties to an agreement;
  • An overview of how PES can be most effectively designed and implemented;
  • A set of case studies from Africa, Asia and Latin America that illustrate key details of past transactions.

At the end of the workshop, participants were more familiar with assessing prospects for PES in their countries. Please see resources listed below for additional information.

Event Details

Training on PES and REDD+: Event Agenda and Concept Note

Training on PES and REDD+: Final Participant List


Payments for Ecosystem Services: Getting Started: A Primer

Building Forest Carbon Projects: A Step by Step Overview and Guide

REDD Opportunities Scoping Exercise (ROSE)

Social Impact Assessment Manual: Part 1

Introduction to Ecosystem Services: A Reference Book for Uganda


Day 1 Presentations: 8 August

Introduction to PES and REDD+ : Implications for participating land managers

Sara Namirembe, ICRAF-PRESA

Guide to Structuring a PES Project

Michael Richards, Forest Trends

Ideal Conditions for PES: Selecting the most promising PES and REDD+ sites

Michael Richards, Forest Trends

Potential ‘Value’ of Ecosystem Services

Delia Catacutan, ICRAF

Key Legal Elements of PES and REDD+ Agreements

Slayde Hawkins, Forest Trends

Day 2 Presentations: 8 August

Evidence that Land Use Interventions Including Agroforestry Can Deliver Quantifiable Environmental Services : Case Studies from Kenya and Asia

John K. Mwangi and John M. Gathenya, ICRAF-PRESA

Evidence that PES can be Cost Effective – Business Case : Case Study from Sasumua

Sara Namirembe & Delia Catacutan, ICRAF- PRESA

Evidence of Voluntary Transactions: How much has been paid, to whom, for what transactions, with what conditionality

Sara Namirembe, ICRAF-PRESA and Michael Richards, Forest Trends

Payments for Ecosystem Services: Policy Issues: National and Sub-national PES

Slayde Hawkins, Forest Trends

Key Policy Issues for PES and REDD+

Florence Bernard, ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins

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