Operational Manuals/Guidelines

Payment for environmental services: Laying the ground work

Between 2009-2011 ASARECA supported a consortium of five institutions in three countries, namely, the School of Environmental Studies (Moi University), Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), and VIRED International – all of Kenya; University of Kinshasa & INERA of D. R. Congo; Nature Harness Initiatives and the Environmental Conservation Trust both of Uganda, to conduct research to develop methods for Valuation, Attribution and Compensation for Payments for Environmental Services (VAC-PES) in Eastern and Central Africa. The target research landscapes were the Mt. Elgon Region (Cross boundary between Uganda and Kenya) and the Albertine Rift (between Uganda and DRC). Many other institutions have carried out studies and undertaken PES related activities in other landscapes in Eastern and Central Africa, but the information on these activities occurs in a disjointed manner.

The papers presented in this book are an attempt to pool some of this information into one volume. The papers cut across different aspects of Environmental Services (watershed management, carbon sequestration, and biodiversity management), as well as policy and institutional issues related to PES. It is envisaged that this publication will provide information necessary to spur PES programmess in the region.

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