Pro-poor Payments for Ecosystem Services

20 June 2007 | Event

The 11th Poverty and Environment Partnership (PEP) meeting was held in Copenhagen and hosted by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Following a first day devoted to the theme of climate change, IUCN co-hosted a full-day sessions on payments for ecosystem services and poverty. The presentations offered insights into the links between PES and poverty and the potential of PES as a tool for poverty reduction as well as environmental management.

Linking poverty and environmental objectives
The 11th PEP was held in Copenhagen and hosted by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Following a first day devoted to the theme of climate change, IUCN co-hosted a full-day sessions on payments for ecosystem services and poverty. The presentations offered insights into the links between PES and poverty and the potential of PES as a tool for poverty reduction as well as environmental management. Case study findings were presented from several countries, including Cameroon, Ecuador, Guatemala, Lao, Namibia, Nicaragua, Mexico, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.

At the end of the day, the participants agreed to follow-up with more focused activities on (i) integrating poverty concerns into international discussions on avoided deforesation or "reducing emissions from deforestation and ecosystem degradation" and (ii) using PES as a means of increasing private sector involvement in PEP.