What are payments for ecosystem services?
Payments for ecosystem services (PES) schemes link the beneficiaries, or 'users', of nature's services with the stewards, or 'providers', of those services in order to protect or enhance them. It is a rapidly evolving approach, with new ideas and applications emerging regularly. There are lots of links to resources that explain this approach, and provide links to practical examples on the Network's payments for ecosystem services webpages.
This event, which involved 45 participants from throughout the UK, provided an opportunity to learn how to initiate and sustain payments for ecosystem service schemes. Contributors to the event included:
- Steve Smith, Aecom URS (and one of the lead authors on a guide to payments for ecosystem services).
- Julia Martin-Ortega, senior environmental economist at the James Hutton Institute and researcher on payments for ecosystem services.
- Charles Cowap, Chartered Surveyor. Advisor on the Exmoor Payments for Ecosystem Services Scheme (South West England).
- Katarzyna Wysocka, Strategy and Sustainability Officer, Luton Borough Council
An event report has been prepared by the James Hutton Institute.