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Payments for ecosystem services

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Valuing natural capital for development decisions

DFID in its conceptual frameworks of Sustainable Livelihoods Approaches (SLAs) defines five types of asset: human capital, social capital (the ability to draw on support through membership of social groups), natural capital, physical capital, and financial capital for achieving poverty elimination. But most services provided by the natural environment (natural capital) to human society are not captured by GDP or other conventional macro-economic indicators, because, they are not directly traded in markets.  Provisioning services (food, fibre and water) and a few cultural services (such as recreation and tourism) are somehow calculated but value of regulating services (water and climate regulation) is not calculated yet, although research on regulating services is developing rapidly.

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22 July 2010

Setting up Nest: Acre, Brazil, and the Future of REDD

22 July 2010  | In the March edition of SinergiA, a quarterly newsletter on environmental services in Latin America, Jacob Olander, Director of The Katoomba Ecosystem Services Incubator (a project of Ecosystem Marketplace publisher Forest Trends), takes a long, hard look at the future of REDD projects.

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30 June 2010

Vietnam Implementing Nationwide Payments for Forest Ecosystem Services

The government of Vietnam has spent two years piloting regional schemes that use economic incentives to preserve forests by getting businesses that benefit from them to pay people who preserve them.  Now it’s taking the scheme nationwide.

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June 14, 2010

No sale of forest environment services without gov’t say-so

Environmental services provided by Guyana’s forests cannot be sold without the agreement of the government, Minister of Agriculture, Robert Persaud says.

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8 June 2010

Give decision makers access to the value of nature's services

Finance ministers must realise that mounting devastation of ecosystems harms economic development

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22nd January, 2010

Pavan Sukhdev: you can have progress without GDP-led growth

Deutsche Bank economist Pavan Sukhdev is heading up the groundbreaking TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity) report and doing for nature what Sir Nicholas Stern did for climate change - valuing it

Tom Levitt: Why are we putting a value on nature, why don't we just close off and protect it?

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April 2, 2010

Valuing Water and its Ecological Services in Rural Landscapes: A Case Study from Nepal

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March 9, 2010

WTO: 2010 Focus on Natural Resources in World Trade Report

The World Trade Organisation publishes an annual ‘World Trade Report’ which addresses issues and trends in trade, trade policy and multilateral trading.  The 2010 edition, to be published in July, will be ‘Trade in Natural Resources: Challenges in Global Governance“.

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Friday March 12, 2010

US-Alaska: Why does Congress want to raid our best carbon bank?


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February 5, 2010

Will REDD Really Be Cheap?

An international system that enables countries to earn carbon credits by reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) will almost certainly be a prominent feature of whatever post-2012 international climate architecture emerges from ongoing negotiations.


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by Dr. Radut