Ecosystems provide society with a wide range of services. People, companies, and societies rely on these services - from ﬂows of clean water to productive soil, carbon sequestration and raw material inputs. At present, however, many of these ecosystem services are either undervalued or have no ﬁnancial value at all.
Market-based instruments and incentives schemes, particularly payments for environmental services (PES), are increasingly being proposed as a promising approach to recognize the value of ecosystem services and to generate financing for effective ecosystem management as well as to address environmental degradation.
The International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM), through the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (IAMZ), along with the Mediterranean Regional Office of the European Forest Institute (EFIMED) and the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation is jointly organizing an advanced course that will provide a state of the art practical knowledge needed to employ PES for the sustainable utilization and conservation of key natural resources including water, forest and biodiversity across spatial scales.
The course will take place at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza, from 17 to 21 February 2014, in morning and afternoon sessions and will be given by well qualified lecturers from international institutions, universities, research centres and consulting firms in different countries.
For further info: Marcos Valderrábano