Tuesday, April 24, 2012
CALL FOR PAPERS: Payment Mechanisms for Ecosystem Goods and Services Provided by Rangelands
A workshop on “Experience Sharing and Planning Workshop on Payment Mechanisms for Ecosystem Goods and Services Provided by Rangelands – Testing and Piloting” will take place from June 18 to 20, at the Chengdu Institute of Biology (CIB), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Sichuan, China.
Rangelands account for more than 60% of the land cover in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. They comprise a mix of woodlands, open grasslands, and wetland habitat offering valuable natural resources. These rangelands also provide varied ecosystem services:
- regulating services such as the control of climate and disease;
- provisioning services such as the production of food, feed, and clean drinking water;
- supporting services such as nutrient cycles and crop pollination; and
- cultural services such as spiritual and recreational benefits.
The development of payment for ecosystem services (PES) programmes or markets for ecosystem services is increasingly considered an important approach to solving global environmental challenges. At the same time, the PES approach provides individuals and communities with financial incentives for resource use decisions that increase the provision of ecosystem services. PES initiatives provide reward mechanisms for ecosystem services provided by the rangelands and maintained by pastoral communities.
The main objectives of the workshop are
- to discuss and update understanding on ecosystem services and PES;
- to discuss the benefits and risks of an ecosystem services approach to rangeland conservation and development;
- to discuss how policy makers can be sensitized about ecosystem services programmes to achieve environmental and economic benefits for pastoral development;
- to share Chinese experiences on rangeland protection and PES mechanisms with ICIMOD’s Regional Member Countries;
- to develop clear recommendations for a future programmatic intervention.
Deadline: April 30, 2012