September 13, 2014

Costa Rica Puts a Price Tag on Nature: Will it Work?

Editor’s note: The payments for ecosystem services (PES) strategy is a fairly controversial one: though it does provide strong incentive for sustainable practices, it also means monetizing natural features and linking the environment to an often unstable economy. Alvaro Umaña, Costa Rica’s first minister of environment and energy, gave the keynote address the 7th ...
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October 9, 2013

Serranía de los Paraguas: Diversidad para la Resiliencia

English Español Serranía de los Paraguas, a recognized Coffee Cultural Landscape and World Heritage Site by UNESCO, sits in a mountainous region of western Colombia. The rich biodiversity of the landscape’s natural reserves has been protected by establishing a network of leaders with a commitment to agroecological farming and community-based ecotourism, based on activities ...
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September 4, 2013

Mainstreaming the Payment of Watershed Environmental Services

By Luis Gamez Hernandez, Public Utilities Company of Heredia, Costa Rica As World Water Week continues to showcase research and experiences related to water, today’s post brings us back to the week’s theme of cooperation and partnerships. Luis Gamez Hernandez discusses a specific initiative in Costa Rica, whereby cooperation between a local water utility, citizen o ...
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February 18, 2013

Project-Level Insights for Landscape Level PES

Landscapes can provide a range of natural benefits, from clean water to carbon sequestration, but often people don’t have the right incentives to manage their lands to maintain these services. Gabrielle Kissinger (Lexeme Consulting) and Henry Neufeldt (World Agroforestry Centre) recount some of the lessons learned on incentives for these environmental benefits in a new [&hell ...
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January 29, 2013

State of Watershed Payments

“Water, like its flow through the physical landscape, touches almost every sector of society and aspect of human life.” – State of Watershed Payments 2012 Last week the Landscapes Blog highlighted some work at the World Resources Institute on promoting ‘green infrastructure‘ to protect watershed health (plus, see this article from WRI Insights for ...
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September 25, 2012

When Biodiversity Pays the Bills

With a focus on biodiversity in the lead up to the CBD next month, this week the Landscapes Blog takes a closer look at the motivations behind conserving the ecosystem services provided by agricultural landscapes. A pilot project in Uganda, just entering its initial stages, is seeking to assess the effectiveness of incentive payments as […] ...
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May 17, 2012

Agreements for Transition: A Case in Madagascar

Eduard Niesten Conservation International

Tromping through rice fields in the dark felt like a surefire way to twist an ankle, but I was thrilled since the existence of these fields meant that our project was working. Verifying this was the purpose of my visit to Vohimary, a village on the edge of the Fandriana – Vondrozo protected area in […] ...
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May 16, 2012

Making Agriculture "Climate Sustainable"

New Agriculturist‘s May issue of stories and news pieces focuses on “climate sustainable agriculture.” It looks at how within agriculture, productivity is being increase and farmers’ income improved, all while increasing resilience and mitigating the impacts of climate change. Below is a modified version of one of the articles, specifically focused on th ...
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February 29, 2012

Niche Product Markets: A Silver Bullet for Agrobiodiversity Conservation?

Adam G. Drucker Bioversity International

Only around 30 plants account for more than 85% of global crop production. The majority of the planet’s food comes from a very small number of crops: out of approximately 380,000 plant species known to exist, fewer than 20% are eaten, and only about 150 are domesticated for farming. Despite providing a key input into […] ...
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February 24, 2012

Farming Watershed Health in Nepal

Earning from Nature to Pay for its Upkeep (रुप फेर्दै रुपा) from Mahesh Shrestha on Vimeo. Farmers in the Kaski district of Nepal have formed the Rupa Lake Rehabilitation and Fisheries Cooperatives Limited to help protect the watershed. Increased siltation from upstream degradation was threatening the lake ecosystem upon which local people relied. In o ...
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