Payments for Environmental (sometimes: “Ecosystem”) Services (PES) are voluntary transactions between the users and providers of a service that are conditional on agreed rules of natural resource management for generating offsite services. PES can incentivise forest conservation, reforestation, or sustainable forest management, securing forest-derived benefits that cannot directly be sold by forest owners in the marketplace.

Valuing forest ecosystem services: A training manual for planners and project developers

Forests and trees provide multiple ecosystem services that are crucial for human well-being and play a critical role in achieving the goals...

Paying for priceless values: forests’ role for water quality

Article originally posted on UNECE. Given the many threats to global water supply, forest management and planning will increasingly need to deploy strategies for optimizing watershed...

Ecosystem services entrepreneurship: from ideas to business

ECOSTAR “Ecosystem services entrepreneurship: from ideas to business” online course provides continuous interaction with top international professors, experts and company directors specialized in the...



Bridging the gap between forest management and water conservation

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has launched a new publication entitled "Advancing the forest and water nexus...