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Vital Graphics on Payment for Ecosystem Services. Realising Nature's Value

Vital Graphics on Payment for Ecosystem Services. Realising Nature's Value
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)/GRID-Arendal. September 2012
  • This publication highlights the concept and selected market segments relating to payments for ecosystem services. It emphasises the role natural capital can play in both environmental conservation and in poverty alleviation, and highlights the potential benefits of ecosystem-based economic development in an accessible, non-technical manner. The publication looks at the 23 ecosystem services as described by the World Resources Institute (2011) and the United Nations Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA, 2005). Five specific market segments relating to Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) - carbon sequestration, watershed management, biodiversity, landscape beauty, and bundled services - are illustrated, drawing on case studies, graphics and photographs. An additional section explores the role PES could play in alleviating poverty.
  • Geographical coverage: Global, United States of America, New York
  • Main themes: Biodiversity, Ecosystem services, Poverty reduction, Watersheds
  • Main target audience: Civil society, Community project officers, Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Policy makers
  • Main purpose: Advocacy
  • Type of resource: Case studies, Glossary, Key messages
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Published in 2015