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Payments for Ecosystem Services in Latin America : Evaluation of PES Cost-Effectiveness in Landscape and Policy Mosaic

The project aims to evaluate payments for ecosystem services (PES) costs-effectiveness in generating co-benefits of carbon mitigation and biodiversity conservation services. The evaluation includes accounting for landscape and policy enabling conditions at different spatial scales.

More specifically, the study aims to evaluate the hypothesis that agroforestry (at farm scale), and landscape mosaics (at landscape scale) are cost-effective areas for targeting of PES as part of national strategies for the United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD Programme).

WP2 (for which FNI and SUM are responsible) of the project will analyse the legal and institutional foundations of PES schemes in Costa Rica and Colombia. Specifically, this work package looks at legal acts, regulations, and institutions that PES schemes are linked up to at national and international levels.

Project leader at FNI: Kristin Rosendal

Project period: 2011-2014


Rosendal, G. Kristin and Peter Johan Schei, 'How May REDD+ Affect the Practical, Legal and Institutional Framework for 'Payment for Ecosystem Services' in Costa Rica?' Ecosystem Services, Available online 20.05.2014, DOI 10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.04.009.
 Related focal points of research:

   Biodiversity and genetic resources
   Climate change

Project funding:

   Research Council of Norway, LATINAMERIKA programme.

 External cooperation partners:

   Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA)
   Centre for Environment and Development (SUM), Norway
   Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center, (CATIE), Costa Rica
   Fundación Centro para la Investigación en Sistemas Sostenibles de Producción Agropecuaria (CIPAV), Colombia
   State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil

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