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2012-07-26 | News

Martin Persson to present book chapter of research by EfD at a conference and a workshop in Portland, USA

The conference is organized by Ecosystem Service Partnership and the workshop by CGIAR, ICRAF and CIFOR.

Martin Persson EfD Research Associate has been invited to give a presentation in one of the preliminary talks at 5th ESP Conference organized by The Ecosystem Service Partnership (ESP). The event will take place in Portland, USA in late July and early August 2012. Also, Persson was asked to present research findings in a conference workshop under the title: “Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES): understanding the determinants of impact and behavioral responses to policy intervention”. The finding of topic is the result of the work done in collaboration with EfD-Central America researches Anna Nordén, Laura Villalobos, Carlos L. Muñoz, Juan Robalino, and Francisco Alpizar on PES.

The conference workshop is organized by CGIAR, ICRAF and CIFOR, as part of the Working Group “Can multiple paradigms synergize in Payment for Environmental Services initiatives in Asia, Africa and Latin America?” The Working Group is a collaborative effort of the CGIAR Consortium Research Program between the World Agroforestry Centre/International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF) and the International Centre for Forestry Research (CIFOR).

These events are a medium for exchanging experiences among participants from Latin American, African and Asian countries, and in comparison with European and North America. “I think this will be an excellent opportunity to advertise our work, with an interesting audience listening, so looking forward to it!” said Persson.

The main objective of this interchange of experiences is to focus on “similarity (i.e. in targeted outcomes of improving environmental and livelihood conditions) and divergence of PES mechanisms (i.e. in context, articulation and practices). The expected outcome of the discussion will be to position PES relative to concepts beyond the use of market-based instrument for environmental policy, to analyze multiple paradigms emerging within the broad PES domain, and to recommend the future pathway of PES as an improved tool for natural resource management in the contexts of both developed and developing countries.”