CAREC is organizing the side-event “Pro-poor Payment for Ecosystems Services: global knowledge networking”, which will be held during the Rio +20: United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, 16-22 June, Rio-De Janeiro, Brazil.
Contribution to UNCSD
According to the Zero Draft of the Outcome Document of UNCSD 2012, poverty eradication, food security and sound water management are included in the list of the priority objectives of the green economy theme. The concept of Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) can undoubtedly contribute to the achievement of those three targets.
PES is increasingly recognized as a tool for sustainable management of natural resources. Although PES was initially intended to achieve conservation goals, the dependence of the majority of rural populations upon local ecosystems have brought about a consideration of PES designed to be both pro-poor and community-based. ICRAF and the consortium WWF/CARE International, for example, proposed an approach of ‘pro-poor rewards for environmental services’ and ‘equitable payments for watershed services’ , with the objective to deliver sustainable natural resource management and improve livelihoods for the rural poor.
Side event objective
To build a global network to share the knowledge on PES in the context of poverty alleviation needs.
Issues to be discussed
1) The constraints and opportunities of pro-poor PES schemes, and the approaches to design the interventions for the benefit of the poor, the environment, and buyers of environmental services alike;
2) Cases of pro-poor PES projects worldwide (covering the examples from South-East Asia, Central Asia, Africa, South America), and enabling policy and governance supporting such cases.
Date & Time: 16 Jun 2012, 13:30 – 15:00
Venue: RioCentro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Mariya Genina, CAREC PES projects coordinator, tel: +7 (727) 2785110, cell: 8 777 2610798 MGenina@carec.kz, firstname.lastname@example.org