Costa Rica’s Payments for Ecosystems Services (PES) programme has become something of an icon in the world of conservation. Its innovative blend of economic and regulatory instruments – and its hitches and successes – provide a valuable source of inspiration for other countries that are looking for effective ways to conserve and regenerate ecosystems.
The purpose of this Guide is to help with the design and implementation of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes and its publication fulfils a government commitment in the 2011 Natural Environment white paper, The Natural Choice: securing the value of nature.
Drawing on the results from a choice experiment with two Canadian First Nations groups, this paper examines whether communication in a group-setting influences individual preferences for three land use alternatives: Industrial Development, Tourism Promotion, and Conservation & Restoration.
The key ambition of this study was to build a shared understanding on the economic future of Clayoquot Sound, and how all groups can collectively work together to transform, rather than adapt to the future. The main part of this work was the transformative scenario planning (TSP) approach, where the goal was for participants to develop stories around possible futures, and to reflect on risks and opportunities in the region, including those which could be unexpected.
The current forest ecosystem services (FES) Theme highlights the state of the practice on mechanisms to resolve forest degradation and restore forest productivity (e.g. market-based approaches such as payments for ecosystem services [PES]), and presents papers that intersect across a range of disciplines from around the globe.
In partnership with the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and the District of Tofino, GVS is advancing pilot projects to build First Nations Ecosystem Management and Stewardship (EMS) in Clayoquot Sound. EMS programs have the potential to (1) diversify the local economy; (2) produce jobs for First Nations and youth; and (3) help sustain the environment in the region and maintain the competitiveness of the local tourism economy.
This paper seeks to answer the following questions to further dialogue on PES (1) to understand and document any PES programs in Clayoquot Sound; (2) to assess the acceptability of PES among a broader group of stakeholders (industry, civil actors, NGOs and the general public); and (3) to explore the potential of PES for First Nations and describe what this involvement will look like. To answer these questions we conducted five focus groups and a discussion in March and April 2016.
The purpose of this project is to explore the application of traditional fire management integrated in a carbon trade framework to the Tsilhqot’in title lands and Dasiqox Tribal Park area, in central British Columbia. Generating revenue to prevent carbon emissions from devastating late season fires, estimated at many thousands of tonnes, could provide important income to Tsilhqot’in members and support conservation and restoration efforts on their lands.
How can we change patterns and structures of our society? This one-pager summarizes and reviews the context and the key elements of Webinar 1: The System Iceberg.
How can we reverse environmental degradation? This one-pager summarizes and reviews the context and the key elements of Webinar 2: What is EMS Anyways?.