Happy new year and enjoy the holidays!
Dear TAKG partners –
Welcome to the TAKG newsletter! Following conferences in Acre, Brazil in July and in Iquitos, Peru and Curitiba, Brazil in October, we would like to give a special welcome to our new partners who have joined our network in the past several months!
It has been an exciting few months for the TAKG – we’ve hosted and been part of several important PES events, are working to develop our new Katoomba Ecosystem Services Incubator to enable technical, business and marketing support for PES projects. Today, the Katoomba Group is launching its new website! It is a much more interactive space with additional functionalities where partner profiles will enable you to find others doing similar work, as well as enable you to link to the work of the Tropical America Katoomba Group and other PES Networks. We invite you to complete your profile and visit the website at: www.katoombagroup.org
For those who have been reading our newsletter over the past year, you will notice that this edition focuses only on the work of the network and its partners, and does not include general PES news from outside the network. Mercados Ambientales, a Katoomba Group partner and sister site to the Ecosystem Marketplace, will continue sending out periodic newsletters with news from the worlds of carbon, water and biodiversity markets in Latin America. To sign-up for the Mercados Ambientales newsletter, email Claudia at email@example.com.
We encourage you to updates us on prograss in your projects and work, announce upcoming events, and articles you have written to the rest of the network – please email Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in the next newsletter.
- The TAKG Team
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The Katoomba Group Launches New Website
The Katoomba Group is launching its new website to reflect the new regional working structure of the Group. It is a much more interactive space intended for our growing network members to:
-find and connect with others working on markets and payments for ecosystem services (PES) around the world,
-share and build ideas together via a Discussion Forum and via Regional Initiatives,
-seek help from others in developing PES deals and agreements by searching partner profiles,
-make available your expertise in PES to others, and
-further disseminate information and tools on PES you produce.
The site hosts portals for each regional group – check them out to find out more about our current initiatives and ways that you can become more involved! For the Tropical America Katoomba Group, there is also a discussion space. If you are interested in having a hosted discussion on a particular topic with colleagues in the Katoomba Group, write us at TA-Katoomba@forest-trends.org with a brief description of the idea and specific outputs you seek.
Most importantly, recognizing the different levels of contribution to the network, we ask you to consider being member or fellow in the Katoomba Group. As a participant in the network, we have listed you on the Partners page of our website. But, we want you to finish the sign-up process by filling in your areas of expertise and interests and letting us know if you are interested in participating in the Rapid Response Mechanism – which puts your expertise to work helping other Katoomba Group partner’s projects. Your experience and contributions will add to the diverse knowhow we consolidate for capacity-building materials to share.
To update your profile, simply visit the "Partners & PES Networks" section of the website and log in to manage your account. You will need to enter your email address and password. Use the email address where you received this newsletter; your password is: katoomba.
Finally, if you are part of an existing PES network, please sign-up your network and partners, tools and resources.
-Visit the new website
-Link directly to Partner log-in
PES Related Meetings, Workshops and Announcements
Avina Foundation PES Training Workshop
October 15-18, 2007, Curitiba, Brazil
The Katoomba Group, Forest Trends and the Ecosystem Marketplace led a training workshop for Avina Foundation Leaders to learn about markets for carbon, water, and biodiversity, and engage in the design of PES projects. Following a one day meeting open to the public, 30 selected Avina fellows spent the next two days gaining in-depth knowledge on market trends and challenges. Katoomba partners were invited as resource people and to share PES experiences during the training workshop, including Southern Brazil based TNC Katoomba fellow Fernando Veiga, Mexico based Katoomba fellow Pati Ruiz Corso, Quito based Katoomba fellow Pablo Lloret, and Brazil based Stefan David from MGM International. In a one day Project Clinic, four groups circulated among topic tables on project finance, community involvement, institutional and legal concerns, and ecosystem service quantification while resource persons helped project proponents think strategically about next steps in project development.
New project candidates for the Katoomba Incubator from Colombia and linkages from Paraguay and Brazil were made for the learning groups on “conservation carbon” and “aggregation”. The Paraguay Mbarayacu project will be featured in an upcoming Ecosystem Marketplace editorial by Steve Zwick. Training Workshops with Avina Fellows from other regions of Latin America will take place during 2008 in Central America, the Andes and the Southern Cone.
-More on the Avina Foundation
Designing Payment and Compensation for Ecosystem Service Schemes (PyCES) and Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD)
October 2-4, 2007, Iquitos, Peru
|Iquitos participants gather for a photo
Over one hundred and twenty people from the local government, local, national and international NGOs, and communities, convened in Iquitos, Peru from October 2-4, 2007 at a meeting hosted by the Instituto de Investigaciones de la Amazonia Peruana (IIAP), the Tropical America Katoomba Group, the Government of the Loreto and the Servicio Holandés de Cooperación al Desarrollo (SNV).
The meeting brought to light the many ecosystem service activities in the Peruvian tropics, as well as the large interest from governments, NGOs and communities to further develop and work on PES themes in Peru. The meeting space enabled actors to broaden their networks, including the INRENA PES Working Group and strengthening of CONAM’s carbon strategy.
Given the varied audience and far reaching developments in PES regionally, the opening day introduced participants to the concept of PES and offered specific information on water, carbon and biodiversity markets. It helped open doors for greater understanding among public and private institutions, while underscoring the needs of community actors. Two strong concerns in Peru are enabling PES to benefit rural land managing communities and, secondly, the legal and governance needs among the national and local institutional panorama in Peru. Thus, day two created a space for participants to gain specific knowledge related to governmental or community concerns via parallel sessions held in the morning. The communities workshop focused on discussing capacity building for participation in these markets and the needs for structuring PES agreements. The governmental workshop discussed the Peruvian context in terms of institutions and ecosystem opportunities, the fundamentals of organization and governance related to PES, and the evolving Colombia National plan for PES.
Participants gathered again in the afternoon for the topic of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD), specifically focusing on identifying governmental and institutional roles in Peru, and methods of engagement of local communities.
The final day functioned as a project clinic where five pre-selected projects presented needs and opportunities and circulated among topic tables to work directly with experts on: quantification of the ecosystem service, governance, community concerns, investment potentials and defining needed information to move forward. The participating projects included: Ecosystem and Water Resource Conservation in Watersheds in Alto Mayo, Department of San Martin – PEAM and GTZ; REDD & Aguajales in Loreto – WWF Peru and IIAP; Brazil Nuts and REDD Proposals in Madre de Dios – ACA & ASCART; Conservation Fund for Biodiversity for Agroforestry Use in Madre de Dios – Municipality of Tambopata & CI; Ecosystem Services in Madre de Dios – FONDAM. The project clinic served as direct exchange between projects and experts and important national institutions that will continue to engage the projects. This process helped the Katoomba Group identify the technical support needs of projects. (Find out more about the Incubator in the regional TAKG Initiatives section of the website!)
Community Forest Enterprises in Tropical Countries: Opportunities and Challenges
July 16-20, 2007, Acre, Brazil
Community groups, governments, and NGOs from over 40 countries met in Acre, Brazil for a four-day meeting to discuss the findings of a global scoping study focused on Community Forest Enterprises, and to share international experiences on successes and challenges of sustainable forest management at the community level.
Highlights from the results presented by the different stakeholder groups at the conference showed strong interest in PES, and using the achievements and successes in sustainable forest management (SFM) to incorporate or add on ecosystem service payments to obtain more complete valuation for the activities carried out by communities. In the discussions, communities, governments and NGOs all identified PES as a mechanism to be better explored to obtain broader conservation and livelihoods goals. Within the space of the event, Carina Bracer of the TAKG, and Beto Borges of the Forest Trends Communities and Markets program, led a workshop introducing the linkages of Payment for Ecosystem Services to forest management, and presenting the steps for developing PES deals covered in the Getting Started manual for engaging in PES transactions.
-View the power point presentations containing results from the stakeholders at the Conference at the Rights and Resources Group website
-Getting Started manual
The Poverty and Environment Partnership Meeting
The PEP hosted its 12th meeting in Washington, DC from November 19-21, 2007. The theme was “Infrastructure, Growth and Poverty Reduction: The Role of Ecosystems and Natural Resources” and focused on Latin America.
Katoomba Africa’s coordinator Alice Ruhweza moderated a discussion on fostering private sector investment in environment and livelihoods, and Beto Borges (Director of Communities and Markets program of Forest Trends), contributed to a panel discussion of pro-poor Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) schemes. Alice took messages to the UNFCCC Climate Change convention Forest Day on December 8, 2007.
-Visit the PEP website for more information
Transatlantic Yacht Race Helps Protect Brazil’s Threatened Atlantic Forests
|Caraíva River Basin (Photo: Paulo Dimas Menezes)
The article below summarizes progress to date on a reforestation project in an ecologically-strategic area of one of the world’s most threatened habitats -– the Atlantic Forest of Brazil. Forest Trends and the Tropical America Katoomba Group has entered into an innovative partnership with The Nature Conservancy’s program in southern Brazil, together with local partners, including IBIO, Conservation International, Instituto Cidade and Natureza Bela, and the Rainforest Alliance, to facilitate and accelerate the certification of carbon offsets from over 1000 hectares that is being reforested as part of a larger conservation program. This carbon project will seek certification in accordance with the standards of the Climate, Community and Biodiveristy Alliance (CCBA), which is generally regarded as a highly credible and comprehensive standard. TNC and its local partners have already begun to replicate this approach to obtain payments for ecosystem services for carbon sequestration related to reforestation activities in other regions of the Atlantic Forest of Brazil. Forest Trends, working with the Rainforest Alliance, played a catalytic role in brokering a partnership with the organizers of the Jacques Vabre Transatlantic Yacht Race to become the first clients for these future carbon offset credits, promising to purchase the credits from an area of the reforested region to offset the carbon emissions of their participation in the event. In order for this commitment on the part of Jacques Vabre to occur, Forest Trends played a central role in identifying and evaluating potential collaborating organizations and carbon offset sites in Brazil for the yacht race. The intermediation also negotiated that the buyer agree to buying an extra 20% carbon credits from the project, as risk mitigation for potential losses. During the process, Forest Trends has worked directly with project developers, technical experts, certifiers, the buyer, and the media covering the yacht race to help ensure a successful outcome. Certification inspection against CCB standards is scheduled for early in 2008.
-Rainforest Alliance Article
The Katoomba Group named “Network of the Month!”
The Katoomba Group was named network of the month in November by RECOFTC – the Regional Community Forestry Training Center for Asia and the Pacific – a NGO that works closely with partners to design and facilitate learning processes and systems to support community forestry and community-based natural resource management. The RECOFTC newsletter features a different network each month with the goal of facilitating community networking.
-Visit RECOFTC website
-Read November RECOFTC newsletter
Tropical America Katoomba Initiatives
Apart from these events and training courses, we have spent part of the last several months developing and beginning implementation of new initiatives, prioritized by participants in this NEW regional group which began in April 2006. Find out more about the initiatives and how you can get involved at our new website’s Tropical America Regional Portal or by contacting Rachel Miller at email@example.com.
Combining certification of forest products with ecosystem services
In April 2007, Forest Trends and the Katoomba Group joined with approximately 30 representatives from certifying entities, project developers, brokers, buyers and technical support organizations to explore strategic objectives of an initiative to support projects which link ecosystem services development to certification of timber and non timber forest products. The motivation for this work is that there are potential benefits and synergies in implementing alternative management practices for carbon and other ecosystem services in contexts where other forms of certification already exist. Similarly, there is a need for guidance on how to help projects and certifiers link the two sets of activities. The group that gathered decided to broaden the objectives from combining certification of products and ecosystem services to supporting ecosystem service projects that test new methodologies such as avoided deforestation, and that compare carbon certification schemes.
Subsequently, a working team compiled basic data on approximately 30 projects in Latin America that met these objectives. With a Steering Committee selected from the April meeting, the work group prioritized 9 projects for further due diligence, to better understand costs and activities needed to take the product and service offerings to market. Follow up from this broad initiative will take place within the Katoomba Ecosystem Services Incubator (described below).
Katoomba Ecosystem Services Incubator
This initiative focuses on facilitating technical, financial and market assistance to projects that secure a high social and environmental rate of return on investment. Based on funding from donors interested in helping enable projects to attract investors and finance for their PES offerings, the first year of the Incubator will develop the technical and business support instrument needed to help self funded projects generate returns for future investors. In the first year, the Katoomba Incubator will test drive the process of taking a few selected projects to market and prove its ability to create additional viable models of PES transactions. Subsequently, the project portfolio will be broadened to a larger set of project candidates.
Read more in the TAKG Initiatives section at the Tropical America Regional Portal of www.katoombagroup.org.
If you are interested in engaging in this work as a technical support expert, a project candidate, a buyer or a donor, please contact Carina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New publications from the Katoomba Group
The Katoomba Group, with contributions from many of you, developed three publications that will help you wade through the world of payments for ecosystem services.
Conservation Economy Backgrounder
The backgrounder is an introductory guide to environmental markets, answering many frequently asked questions. It includes an extensive glossary to help you clearly understand all of the frequently used terms.
-Download the Backgrounder
Getting Started: An Introductory Primer to Assessing and Developing Payments for Ecosystem Service Deals (first edition)
The manual is a step-by-step guide for developing and implementing PES agreements, specifically for NGOs and communities or ‘sellers’, and includes an extensive list of resources and materials throughout the guide.
In early 2008, we will launch the 2nd edition of this guide, based on comments from users of the guide who have used and applied it.
-Send your tools and related materials to be incorporated in this guide to email@example.com by January 15, 2008.
-Review and Comment on the Manual by January 10, 2008 to be included in the 2nd edition.
-Download the manual
Negotiating for Nature’s Services: A Primer for Seller’s of Ecosystem Services on Identifying and Approaching Private Sector Buyers
The primer serves as a reference guide for identifying, negotiating, and closing ecosystem service deals with private sector buyers.
-Download the primer
Brochures presenting the basics of PES,
and providing basic references can be downloaded here in Portuguese, Spanish and English.
Partner News and Articles
RISAS launches website
“The Network of Persons Interested in Ecosystem Services (RISAS for its Spanish acronym) is pleased to announce its new web portal (www.redrisas.org) that seeks to:
- Disseminate methodologies, experiences and lessons learned from PES in Andean countries.
- Help the development and systematization of tools, case studies and discussion forums.
- Facilitate information exchanges to elevate the learning curve.
The first action that we have prepared is a discussion forum, with which we would like to inaugurate the new RISAS web portal. The theme of the forum is:
What characteristics or postures should models of payments for ecosystem services fulfill to be considered as such in strict terms?
We invite you to participate in the RISAS web portal!”
Sierra Gorda Taps Voluntary Markets for Carbon and Environmental Offsets – Again
A jaguar caught on a biodiversity monitoring field camera! (Photo: Bosque Sustentable AC)
By Jim Whitestone
Read how the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve in Mexico successfully engaged in the voluntary carbon market by bringing high quality, ‘gourmet’ carbon/integrated offsets that include biodiversity and livelihood benefits alongside CO2 to market.
-Read the article
-BBC interview with Sierra Gorda: Part 1, Part 2
The State of Play: Payments for Ecosystem Services in East and Southern Africa
By Alice Ruhweza and Sissel Waage
Sissel Waage and Alice Ruhweza, both of the East and Southern Africa Katoomba Group (E&SA KG), analyze the state of payments for ecosystem services in East and Southern Africa based on the country-level inventories that have been conducted by the E&SA KG over the past 2 years. The authors also focused on the future of PES in Africa, identifying informational, technical, institutional and policy/regulatory barriers as critical barriers that need to be addressed to scale of PES in the region in the coming years.
-The results? Read the article
-Read the country-level inventories
Paying for the environmental services of silvopastoral practices in Nicaragua
Ecological Economics, Pagiola, et al., Volume 64, Issue 2, Pages 374-385
This paper examines an effort to make direct payments for ecosystem services (PES) in an agricultural landscape. The Regional Integrated Silvopastoral Ecosystem Management Project is piloting the use of PES to induce adoption of silvopastoral practices in the Matiguás–Río Blanco area in Nicaragua by paying farmers for the expected increase in biodiversity conservation and carbon sequestration services that these practices would provide.
-Read the article abstract
Please Participate: Amazon Initiative Consortium Survey on Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation
The International Consortium Amazon Initiative, together with its partners,CIAT, King's College London, TNC and WWF, is conducting an interdisciplinary analysis of the state of environmental services and their role in benefiting poor communities in the Andes/Amazon region. The study aims to analyze information needed for the development of public policies that address the challenges of sustainable management of ecosystems and at the same time, maximize human well being and poverty reduction. Its results will provide the basis for a program in sustainable ecosystems management funded by the DFID-NERC-ESRC. We would appreciate your participation in this study by responding to the following survey. If you have questions on the survey, please contact Camilo Ortega at firstname.lastname@example.org
-Link to survey
Job Announcement: Community Forum Newsletter seeks Editor
The Community Forum, a newsletter of the Ecosystem Marketplace, connects suppliers of ecosystem services around the world and all those who work and interact with them. The aim is to serve as a catalyst for disseminating information regarding international payments for ecosystem services (PES) within the community context. We seek a writer/editor for the Forum with experience in community-based conservation and payments for ecosystem services. To learn more about the opportunity, click here to read the Terms of Reference or write to Rachel Miller at email@example.com.
Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program, University of California, Berkeley
2008 Summer Certificate Course: Sustainable Environmental Management
June 27 - July 19, 2008
We are seeking applicants for the 2008 summer certificate course in Sustainable Environmental Management at the University of California, Berkeley. The Beahrs ELP (ELP) links the complex local and global environmental challenges of practitioners and decision-makers around the world with interdisciplinary perspectives in environmental and natural resource science, policy and leadership at U.C. Berkeley. The core component of the ELP is an annual three-week summer course in Sustainable Environmental Management held on the Berkeley campus. Course graduates become members of the Berkeley ELP Alumni Network that supports on-going learning, peer exchange and collaborative research and policy projects through the Small Grants Initiative.
Each summer 40 mid-career environment and sustainable development professionals participate from international organizations, academia, government, NGOs and the private sector. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Unfortunately, there are no full scholarships. Application review begins January 1 and applications must be received no later than February 1, 2008. Please contact Program Representative, Leslie Correll, or Program Co-directors, Robin Marsh and David Zilberman, for more information: BeahrsELP@nature.berkeley.edu.
The 2008 summer course brochure and application in MS Word and as a pdf may be downloaded from the web site Welcome Pages
Kinship Conservation Fellows Program
Deadline: January 31, 2008
The Kinship Conservation Fellows program is designed to equip select career conservationists with effective tools for solving environmental problems through market-based principles. The month-long course combines presentations, discussions, case studies and field trips. The 2008 program will take place from June 25-July 25 in Bellingham, Washington. Eighteen Fellows will be selected to participate. Participants must have a minimum of five years of experience in the conservation field to be accepted. Applications should be submitted online.
-Kinship Conservation Fellows website
-Link to application