Can Ecosystem Services reduce poverty?

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Published on March 28, 2014

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The keynote speech and presentation of Paul Van Gardingen, of ESPA, at the IIED-hosted Innovations for equity in smallholder PES: bridging research and practice conference.

The presentation, made at the start of the conference, questioned whether ecosystem services could reduce poverty, concluding that yes, they could, providing a number of problems could be overcome.

More information on Van Gardingen's work: www.espa.ac.uk.

The conference took place at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh on 21 March.

Further details of the conference and IIED's work with PES are available via http://www.iied.org/conference-innovations-for-equity-smallholder-pes-highlights, and can be found via the Shaping Sustainable Markets website: http://shapingsustainablemarkets.iied.org/.

www.espa.ac.uk

Can Ecosystem Services Reduce Poverty?

Yes….. But! • It’s often difficult to reach the poor. • Households require access to key capitals – Land, water, natural resources, finance, social, edu cation. • Good governance, effective institutions and markets are often required • Capacity strengthening needs to be addressed

Can PES Reduce Poverty?

Yes….. • But…. • It’s not automatic or even easy. • Badly designed schemes can enhance poverty. • There are risks of elite capture. • Schemes may not be sustainable.

Some Key Questions • When can/does PES reduce poverty? • Who benefits? Under what conditions? • How best to capture and transfer benefits? • What makes for effective governance, institutions and markets? • How efficient is the scheme? • Monitoring options • How to scale-up and scale out? • Is it likely to be sustainable?

The Role of Research • Understanding coupled socio-ecological systems. • Collecting evidence to address key questions. • Testing new approaches. • Providing pilot studies. • Developing and testing new concepts and ideas

Opportunities working with ESPA • www.espa.ac.uk – Share your knowledge or questions. Blog – ESPA’s growing body of evidence on PES • ESPA-2014 Grants. “Blue Skies” • Regional Opportunities Fund • ESPA Annual Meeting. – New Delhi 26-27 November • Synthesis activities. ESPA-2015 • Regional Evidence Brokers

www.espa.ac.uk

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