Biodiversity, water and natural resource management

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

 

Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) translate external non-market values of the environment into tangible financial incentives, creating a link between the providers of ecosystem services and the beneficiaries of their provision.  PES programmes are proliferating across developed and developing countries to correct for a wide range of environmental challenges, and are channelling increasingly larger amounts of finance.  As experience with PES grows, greater attention is being paid to how such programmes can provide the maximum ecosystem service benefits at least economic cost. 

The objective of this expert workshop was to enhance the understanding of how PES can be designed and implemented so as to enhance cost-effectiveness. Key criteria were examined, including inter alia targeting ecosystem service benefits, additionality of payments and setting the correct payment value. Experiences and lessons learned from PES case studies with applications of inverse auctions were also examined.

The workshop brought together more than 40 participants from government, non-governmental organisations and the private sector, including the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat, to exchange views and discuss how to move forward.

 

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