Over the last 10 years, there has been a significant increase in private and public sector interest to explore payments for ecosystem services (PES), in order to assign value to ecosystem services, and thus promote better land use practices. We recently investigated how PES schemes are faring in meeting the goals of safeguarding ecosystem services, while also benefiting local livelihoods.
Eighty-five percent of the flora and fauna in Madagascar’s celebrated forests is endemic — it exists nowhere else on Earth.
Project creates jobs, improves land, mitigates effects of climate change
While REDD+ is aimed at reducing emissions from forests, its effectiveness will depend on how much the benefits trickle down to those living closest to the forest. These same rural households are also best placed to provide local evidence of what works and what doesn’t, to influence decisions on REDD+ architecture at the national and international level.
Interested in becoming a more effective conservation leader? The Society for Conservation Biology will host a 2-day "Building Leadership Capacity in Conservation" workshop at the 2013 International Congress for Conservation Biology in Baltimore. This highly interactive workshop is for 25 conservation professionals from around the world, tailored to the unique needs of conservation scientists and practitioners at any stage in their career.
The Rocky Mountain West with its vast expanse of open spaces and abundant natural resources has always held the allure of being a place for utopic visions. It was here where the manifest destiny of a young nation unfolded (embodying the positives and negatives of the ideology of the early American nation-state) and a national culture was formed that embraced the image of the vast, natural landscape as a national icon. Europe had cathedrals. America had a utopic vision of the West.
A recent article in the journal Ecosystem