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Video: Climate & Landuse Looking Forward

April 2, 2010
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Video: Climate & Landuse Looking Forward.

This section will shortly contain video resources on the session on Climate & Landuse Looking Forward at Katoomba 17, focused on Payments for Ecosystem Services in Southeast Asia.

If you would like to contribute to this resource please contact ben(dot)metz(at)katoombagroup(dot)org.

Panel Resources: Combining Multiple PES Markets

May 2, 2009
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Common sense would seem to dictate that land generating the greatest environmental good should also command the highest price in the ecosystem marketplace, and that one way to do that might be to let people stack different ecosystem values on the same patch of land.  In the real world, however, such schemes are proving difficult to construct.

Some say the best way to create incentives to restore the most environmentally valuable properties is to let landowners sell restoration credits garnered from a single location into multiple ecosystem markets.  Others say that would be an old-fashioned double-dip that benefits the landowner without generating any additional good for the environment.

Environmental scientists say it’s a moot argument – because even if it works in theory, no one knows how to implement it, at least in the current regulatory framework.

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Panel Resources: Benefits Distribution Systems

May 2, 2009
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Design of a REDD Compliant Benefits Distribution System for Vietnam

Viet Nam is well-placed to develop a REDD-compliant BDS as a result of many years of experience with similar systems such as the 661 or 5 Million Hectare Reforestation Programme, which was launched in 1998, and internationally supported payments for forest environmental services (PFES) pilot projects. The focus on BDS  also capitalizes on Viet Nam’s functioning administration, social stability, and relatively high degree of tenure security. These are assets that Viet Nam can use to gain a competitive edge in a future international REDD+ regime.

A REDD-compliant BDS is one which addresses the principles, and meets the expectations of the international community in terms of equity, transparency, additionality, and performance-relatedness, while managing REDD+ revenues in an effective and efficient manner. To assist GoV to design such a REDD-compliant BDS, a team of national and international consultants was convened under the leadership of DoF to prepare a study of BDS issues and options. Field work, literature review, and stakeholder consultations were carried out from September to November 2009.

This report summarizes the draft study’s conclusions and recommendations in 17 “Policy Decisions” which need to be taken in order to establish a REDD-compliant BDS. The 10 most significant Policy Decisions are clustered under three themes: legal, institutional, and governance.

See the full report by UN-REDD, GTZ, and MARD right here