The China and East Asia program aims to foster awareness of, and engagement in, the development of payment for ecosystem services (PES) through Katoomba Group meetings, incubator projects and strategic research and analysis. The Katoomba Group meetings are at the core of the Katoomba Group’s efforts, providing a combination of networking, information sharing, advocacy and outreach.
In collaboration with a research team led by Michael Bennett, the program recently published a new report about “eco-compensation” schemes in China, entitled Markets for Ecosystem Services in China: An Exploration of China’s “Eco-compensation” and other Market-based Environmental Policies. This report provides an inventory of payments for ecosystem services (PES) programs and other markets for ecosystem services (MES), and is an initial tool to assist in our efforts at establishing a regional network of experts and stakeholders. Moreover, the report provides a comprehensive baseline for monitoring the growth of PES programs in China.
As we move forward, our work in China will include both the continued development of a detailed inventory of PES activities in the country, as well as the creation - via the establishment of a China Katoomba Group - of platforms for dialogue and cross-learning between domestic and international policymakers and practitioners, thus helping China to better utilize its own experience with PES and continue to refine and improve its existing programs and more effectively share this experience with the world.
South East Asia
Throughout Southeast Asia there is increasing interest in market-based conservation strategies, including payments for ecosystem services (PES). While a number of PES projects are underway, PES in the region primarily occurs on an ad hoc basis through small-scale pilot projects. Information, capacity to design and manage PES deals, and institutions to support on-the-ground implementation are often lacking and have hindered efforts to scale up.
The Katoomba group is seeking to address this knowledge gap by producing a series of case studies on PES in South-East Asia . These studies will serve as key inputs for the organization of a regional South-East Asia Katoomba event in 2010, which will cover the themes of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD), water and marine ecosystem services, and the cross-cutting theme of PES benefits sharing .