Payments for environmental services in Costa Rica: from Rio to Rio and beyond

Policy Brief
1 January 2012

Costa Rica has shown how a small developing country can reverse environmental degradation and one of the highest deforestation rates in Latin America. Key to its achievement has been the country’s PES programme, which began in 1997 and which many countries are now looking to learn from, especially as water markets and schemes to reward forest conservation and reduced deforestation (REDD+) grow.


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Publication | 23 July 2012