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Workshop on Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES)

XXXX(05.06.2009) FNI today organized a workshop to highlight the most relevant experiences, preconditions and best practices regarding payment for ecosystem services (PES), and to provide operative suggestions to the Norwegian Government on Norwegian involvement in PES schemes that aim at sustaining forest ecosystem services for climate change mitigation.

A comprehensive review of existing PES schemes was launched at the workshop, and so was a UNEP assessment report on the role of ecosystems in climate change mitigation.

The workshop, which was organized in close cooperation with the Norwegian Ministries of the Environment and Foreign Affairs, was chaired by FNI Director Peter Johan Schei, and was attended by approximately 50 experts, stakeholders and policy-makers.

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)

XXXXIn the first session, Patrick ten Brink of the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) presented preliminary results of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), a pioneer study to assess the economic, societal and human value of the benefits of ecosystems and biodiversity, and the scale of the benefits lost.

> Patrick ten Brinks presentation on TEEB

> TEEB Interim Report

Review of existing PES schemes

In the second session, Ivan Bond of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) launched the report Incentives to Sustain Forest Ecosystem Services. A Review and Lessons for REDD, reviewing 13 existing PES schemes in Africa, South-East Asia and Latin America. The report had been commissioned by the Norwegian Government to provide input for the design and implementation of its Climate and Forest Initiative. The key conclusion of the report was the ultimate importance of good governance for PES schemes to succeed.

> Ivan Bond's presentation

> Incentives to Sustain Forest Ecosystem Services. A Review and Lessons for REDD (report)

> News release from the Norwegian Ministry of the Environment (in Norwegian)

New UNEP publications on PES and forests

XXXXIn the third session, Norwegian Minister of the Environment and International Development Erik Solheim launched two new publications from UNEP entitled The Natural Fix? The Role of Ecosystems in Climate Mitigation and Vital Forest Graphics.

> More information about The Natural Fix? The Role of Ecosystems in Climate Mitigation

> More information about Vital Forest Graphics


Further information:
   Workshop Programme
   Workshop Report
   Contact person: Peter Johan Schei
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