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This month Hivos, in collaboration with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and CIAT, published a research report on Payments for Ecosystem Services in agricultural landscapes. This publication is co-authored by former LFM colleague Alexandra Amrein.
Based on six research projects in five countries (Guatemala, Indonesia, Kenya, Nicaragua and Peru), the report provides an explorative study on the use of carbon projects in smallholder farming. The focus is on assessing the feasibility of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) as incentive to promote a shift to sustainable agriculture. To this end, the researchers analyzed existing smallholder and community PES projects linked to energy and agroforestry activities. CIAT’s LINK methodology was applied to understand if and how PES and carbon approaches can help smallholders to successfully enter and benefit from existing markets.
The study will be presented during the Global Landscape Forum in Paris this December.
The research report can be downloaded here.