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Sunday, 26. January 2014
International Forum on Payments for Environmental Services of Tropical Forest

7-10 April 2014, San Jose (Costa Rica)


o This conference will investigate how to ensure sustainable supplies of goods and services from forests to enhance their vital contributions to socio-economic development lies at the core of Sustainable Forest Management (SFM). Yet, SFM in the tropics is often less profitable than other land-uses because many of the goods and services produced by forests lack formal markets. Payments for forest environmental services (PES), such as biodiversity, tourism and recreation, water conservation, soil protection and climate change mitigation,is regarded as a potential innovative mean for financing SFM.

o This International Forum aims to: highlight the importance of developing and implementing PES mechanisms in tropical countries; and to share best practices and lessons learned from projects and other activities that have been undertaken in recent years to scale up global efforts to promote PES provided by forests. The Forum is expected to recommend actions at local, national and international levels for the development and effective implementation of PES mechanisms in support of SFM in the tropics. It will bring together policymakers, researchers and academicians, practitioners, civil society, the private sector, and regional and international organizations engaged in the development, implementation and support of PES mechanisms.

More details including a concept note, and registration form are available in FAO and ITTO websites. A preliminary program will be made available shortly. Sponsorship is available for a limited number of participants from developing countries to attend the Forum, so if interested on this opportunity check the official website of the event, here.