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  • 4-October-2010

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    Paying for Biodiversity - Enhancing the Cost-Effectiveness of Payments for Ecosystem Services

    Biodiversity and ecosystem services provide tangible benefits for society, such as food provisioning, water purification, genetic resources or climate regulation. These services provide critical life support functions and contribute to human health, well being and economic growth. Yet biodiversity is declining worldwide and, in some areas, this loss is accelerating. The need for policies that promote the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services is more important than ever.  

    Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) is a direct and flexible incentive-based mechanism under which the user or beneficiary of an ecosystem service makes a direct payment to an individual or community whose land use decisions have an impact on the ecosystem service provision. Interest in PES has been increasing rapidly over the past decade: PES are proliferating worldwide and there are already more than 300 programmes in place today at national, regional and local levels. 

    Drawing on the literature concerning effective PES and on more than 30 case studies from both developed and developing countries, this book aims to identify good practice in the design and implementation of PES programmes so as to enhance their environmental and cost effectiveness. It addresses the following questions: Why are PES useful and how do they work? How can they be made most effective environmentally and how can their cost-effectiveness be maximised? What are the different potential sources of finance for PES programmes, and how can they be secured? and What are the lessons learned from existing PES programmes and insights for future programmes, including international PES?

  • 4-October-2010

    English

    Finance for biodiversity must be used more efficiently and scaled up, says OECD

    Biodiversity provides critical ecosystem services for our economy, society and human wellbeing – bees to fertilize crops, plants that provide medicines, and forests that clean air and regulate our climate...

  • 9-August-2010

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    Water - The right price can encourage efficiency and investment

    Climate change and over-use of water will mean that nearly one in every two people will live in water-stressed areas by 2030. Households, industry and agriculture will increasingly compete for water, leaving little to sustain ecosystems.

  • 31-March-2010

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    Workshop on Enhancing the Cost-Effectiveness of Payments for Ecosystem Services, 25 March 2010

    The OECD convened an expert workshop on Enhancing the Cost-Effectiveness of Payments for Ecosystem Services on 25th March 2010. Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) translate external non-market values of the environment into tangible financial incentives, creating a link .

  • 16-March-2010

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    Pricing Water Resources and Water and Sanitation Services

    This publication compiles reliable and comparable data on pricing water and on water supply and sanitation services across OECD countries.

  • 16-March-2010

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    Innovative Financing Mechanisms for the Water Sector

    This report examines innovative mechanisms that can help attract new financial resources into water and sanitation services.

  • 16-March-2010

    English

    Water Economics and Financing

    In his opening remarks for the book launch for the Horizontal Water Programme, Mr. Gurría underlined that good water management is important for a stronger, cleaner and fairer economy.

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  • 1-March-2010

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    Background note 1: Financing Water Resources Management

    Background note 1: Financing Water Resources Management

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  • 30-November-2009

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    Promoting Biodiversity Co-Benefits in Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) - Environment Working Paper No. 11

    This working paper examines how biodiversity co-benefits in REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) can be enhanced, both at the design and implementation level.

  • 20-July-2009

    English

    Managing Water for All: An OECD Perspective on Pricing and Financing

    Water is vital for human and economic development, and for maintaining ecosystems. However, billions of people lack access to water and sanitation services, mainly due to poor governance and inadequate investment and maintenance.

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