Payments for Environmental Services (PES) in Mediterranean Ecosystems

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Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza, Spain
17 to 21 February, 2014
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The Mediterranean region is currently suffering a variety of growing environmental problems including soil degradation, water scarcity, water pollution and biodiversity loss. Decision makers and land managers need to find innovative solutions to avoid further environmental degradation. Market-based instruments and incentives schemes, particularly payments for environmental services (PES), are increasingly being proposed as a promising approach to address these problems.

In this course participants will be introduced to ways in which PES can be designed and implemented by taking into account the specific characteristics of the Mediterranean region. The course will provide state of the art practical knowledge needed to employ PES for the sustainable utilisation and conservation of key natural resources including water, forest and biodiversity across spatial scales. Emphasis is placed on accessible methods and tools needed to set up PES schemes including: (i) ways to identify opportunities for PES; (ii) mechanism design and implementation processes; and (iii) the use of suitable indicators as well as low cost monitoring and verification approaches. 

The course is organised by the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM), through the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (IAMZ), the Mediterranean Regional Office of the European Forest Institute (EFIMED) and the Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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