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Payments For Environmental Services, Forest Conservation And Climate Change

Livelihoods in the REDD?

Luca Tacconi , Sango Mahanty , Helen Suich

Edited by Luca Tacconi, Sango Mahanty and Helen Suich, Australian National University, Canberra

2010 288 pp Hardback 978 1 84980 299 4

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‘Everybody talks about payments for environmental services nowadays, yet we still chronically lack good case studies systematically analyzing the experiences out there. This book fills an important gap by bringing together in-depth analyses of carbon-focused PES and PES-like schemes from three tropical continents. Using a sustainable livelihoods approach, the book convincingly confirms our sound intuition: poor farmers voluntarily participating in PES initiatives worldwide will usually become better off. As forest and climate change initiatives continue to blossom, this irrefutable insight will become valuable.’
– Sven Wunder, Center for International Forestry Research, Brazil

Contributors: D. Annawi, H.D.S.d.S. Arcos, W.-L. Bartels, E.A. Borges, E. Corbera, A.P. Duarte, L.A. German, P. Gutman, J. Haskett, R. Jindal, C. Kalanzi, B. Leimona, S. Mahanty, R. Mwesigwa, S. Pagiola, R. Pasha, N.P. Rahadian, A.R. Rios, A. Ruhweza, M. Schmink, R. Soriaga, H. Suich, L. Tacconi

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This resourceful book draws on several case studies to derive implications for the design of Payment for Environmental Services (PES) schemes that are very relevant to current climate change negotiations and the implementation of Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) schemes at the national level. With its focus on livelihoods, the book also provides important lessons that are relevant to the design of PES schemes focusing on environmental services other than carbon conservation.

Drawing practical lessons for the design of activities aimed at reducing deforestation and forest degradation while benefiting rural people, this book will appeal to academics, practitioners and students involved in the fields of environment and natural resource management, forestry and development studies. This insightful study is accessible also to non-experts in presenting the key issues faced in avoiding deforestation and benefiting livelihoods.

Full table of contents


1. Forests, Payments for Environmental Services and Livelihoods
Luca Tacconi, Sango Mahanty and Helen Suich

2. Taking Stock of the Global Environment Facility Experience with Payments for Environmental Services Projects
Jonathan Haskett and Pablo Gutman

3. Mexico’s PES-Carbon Programme: A Preliminary Assessment and Impacts on Rural Livelihoods
Esteve Corbera

4. Diversifying Livelihood Systems, Strengthening Social Networks and Rewarding Environmental Stewardship Among Small-scale Producers in the Brazilian Amazon: Lessons from Proambiente
Wendy-Lin Bartels, Marianne Schmink, Eduardo Amaral Borges, Adair Pereira Duarte and Hilza Domingos Silva dos Santos Arcos

5. The Livelihood Impacts of Incentive Payments for Watershed Management in Cidanau Watershed, West Java, Indonesia
Beria Leimona with Rachman Pasha and N.P. Rahadian

6. The ‘No-Fire Bonus’ Scheme in Mountain Province, Cordillera Administrative Region, Philippines
Rowena Soriaga and Dallay Annawi

7. Social and Environmental Footprints of Carbon Payments: A Case Study from Uganda
Laura A. German, Alice Ruhweza and Richard Mwesigwa with Charlotte Kalanzi

8. Livelihood Impacts of Payments for Forest Carbon Services: Field Evidence from Mozambique
Rohit Jindal

9. Poor Household Participation in Payments for Environmental Services in Nicaragua and Colombia
Ana R. Rios and Stefano Pagiola

10. PES Schemes’ Impacts on Livelihoods and Implications for REDD Activities
Luca Tacconi, Sango Mahanty and Helen Suich


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