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PES Law and Contracts Resource Center

At the global, regional, and local levels, PES law and policy is evolving rapidly, creating a moving target for understanding these complex issues. The Resources Portal makes current information on PES law, policy, and contracts available in one place, by collecting and linking to relevant resources. The publications are listed in reverse chronological order. This page is updated regularly as new materials become available.

Click here to show only resources related to contracting for PES.

International Law Principles for REDD+

International Law Principles for REDD+

The Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Legal Obligations of REDD+ Actors

Leonardo A Crippa, Gretchen Gordon - Indian Law Resource Center - May 2012

“Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation” (REDD+) initiatives have been proposed as a means of combating climate change, while at the same time providing development opportunities for developing countries, indigenous peoples, and other communities who possess forested lands....

Online PES Contract Clauses Resource Center

Online PES Contract Clauses Resource Center

Slayde Hawkins - Forest Trends - May 2012

This presentation provides and overview of the features and content of Forest Trends' Online PES Contract Clauses Resource Center. The resource center provides basic information about different contractual clauses that might make up an agreement to sell ecosystem service credits or ecosystem...

Lessons Learned for REDD+ from PES and Conservation Incentive Programs

Lessons Learned for REDD+ from PES and Conservation Incentive Programs

Examples from Costa Rica, Mexico, and Ecuador

- FONAFIFO, CONAFOR, Ministry of Environment, Forest Trends, Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, Latin American and Caribbean Region of the World Bank - April 2012

At the COP16 in Cancun, representatives from Costa Rica, Mexico, and Ecuador held a discussion on payments for ecosystem services (PES) and conservation incentive programs in these three countries and their relevance for national initiatives related to reducing emissions from deforestation and

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Rights, Distribution, Risks and Benefits

Rights, Distribution, Risks and Benefits

For Forest Carbon Credit Transactions in Peru’s Conservation Concessions

Abog. Dolly Cristina Del Águila Arévalo - AMPA - February 2012

For REDD+ and forest carbon initiatives to work, it is important to understand the applicable legal framework in any given host country and locality in order to gain clarity about issues of ownership, authorization, benefit-distribution, and other practical matters. This article outlines the legal...

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Laying the Foundation

Laying the Foundation

An Analytical Tool for Assessing Legal and Institutional Readiness for PES

Slayde Hawkins - Forest Trends - December 2011

This booklet has been created as an initial resource for public sector officials interested in fostering an environment in which PES transactions can occur. While PES legal and policy readiness is likely to look very different from one country to another—depending on legal frameworks, as well as...

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Katoomba Issue Brief

Katoomba Issue Brief

Nested Approaches to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation

Slayde Hawkins - Forest Trends/Katoomba Incubator - October 2011

This brief summarizes key reasons for taking a nested approach to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon (REDD+) and describes issues and options for policymakers....

Forest Carbon in Ghana

Forest Carbon in Ghana

The Legal Framework and the Role of Community Resource Management Areas (CREMAs)

Yinka Agidee - The Rock and Partners - September 2011

This report provides insight into Ghanaian statutory and case law and its potential implications for REDD+. As the legal nature of carbon rights has yet to be determined, the report does not purport to conclusively describe the proper treatment of carbon rights and benefits under existing law, but...

Building Forest Carbon Projects

Building Forest Carbon Projects

Step-by-Step Overview and Guide

Johannes Ebeling, Jacob Olander - Forest Trends - July 2011

(NOTE: Only the Overview and Guide part of this series can be downloaded from the link above; the other 8 guidance documents need to be downloaded from the respective links below).
Forest projects around the world are working to confront the practical challenges of reducing emissions and...

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REDD Guidance

REDD Guidance: Technical Project Design

Joerg Seifert-Granzin - Forest Trends - July 2011
AR Guidance

AR Guidance: Technical Project Design

Johannes Ebeling, Alvaro Vallejo - Carbon Decisions International - July 2011
Carbon Stock Assessment Guidance

Carbon Stock Assessment Guidance: Inventory and Monitoring Procedures

David Diaz, Matt Delaney - Forest Trends, L&C Carbon - July 2011
Community Engagement Guidance

Community Engagement Guidance: Good Practice for Forest Carbon Projects

Tom Blomley, Michael Richards - Natural Resource Consultants Ltd., Forest Trends - July 2011
Business Guidance

Business Guidance: Forest Carbon Marketing and Finance

Phil Covell - Forest Trends - July 2011
Biodiversity Impacts Guidance

Biodiversity Impacts Guidance: Key Assessment Issues for Forest Carbon Projects

John Pilgrim, Jonathan Ekstrom, Johannes Ebeling - The Biodiversity Consultancy - July 2011
Contracting for Ecosystem Services

Contracting for Ecosystem Services

This presentation outlines major issues for PES contracting, including the type of agreement used (purchase vs. services), finding the right level of formality and complexity, key contractual elements, negotiating PES agreements, and special considerations for PES contracting. The presentation is...

Nested Approaches to REDD+

Nested Approaches to REDD+

An Overview of Issues and Options

Jacob Olander, Joerg Seifert-Granzin, Thiago Chagas, Charlotte Streck, Robert O'Sullivan - Forest Trends - March 2011

Interest in "nested" approaches to REDD+ has grown steadily as policy makers, practitioners and investors seek to reconcile approaches to reducing, and rewarding, emissions reductions at different scales - national, subnational and project.  The 16th session of the Conference of the Parties

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Contracting for Forest Carbon

Contracting for Forest Carbon

Elements of a Forest Carbon Purchase Agreement

Slayde Hawkins, Michelle Nowlin, Daniel Ribeiro, Ryan Stoa, Ryke Longest, Jim Salzman - Forest Trends, Duke Environmental Law & Policy Clinic - December 2010

Forest carbon payments – payments for restoring or planting forest, or for preventing forest degradation or deforestation – can help to prevent and reverse forest loss. However, forest carbon transactions today raise many challenging issues for participants, including difficult legal questions....

Roots in the Water

Roots in the Water

Legal Frameworks for Mangrove PES in Vietnam

Slayde Hawkins, Phuc Xuan To, Pham Xuan Phuong, Pham Thu Thuy, Nguyen Duc Tu, Chu Van Guong, Sharon Brown, Peter Dart, Suzanne Robertson, Nguyen Vu, Richard McNally - Forest Trends, Ministry of Argiculture and Rural Development, Charles Darwin University, BirdLife International, GTZ - December 2010

Forest Trends and the Katoomba Group have commissioned this study into the legal and regulatory frameworks for mangrove management and PES in Vietnam. This study is timely as in recent years various Vietnamese policies have prioritized terrestrial forest, mangrove, and coastal conservation, and the...

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Roots in the Water

Roots in the Water: Legal Frameworks for Mangrove PES in Vietnam (VIETNAMESE)

Slayde Hawkins, To Xuan Phuc, Pham Xuan Phuang, Pham Thu Thuy, Nguyen Tuc Tu, Chu Van Cuong, Sharon Brown, Peter Dart, Suzanne Robertson, Nguyen Vu, Richard McNally - Forest Trends, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Charles Darwin University, BirdLife International, GTZ - August 2011
Avoided Deforestation (REDD) and Indigenous Peoples: experiences, challenges and opportunities in the Amazon context

Avoided Deforestation (REDD) and Indigenous Peoples: experiences, challenges and opportunities in the Amazon context

Instituto Socioambiental and Forest Trends, 2010

This book published by the Instituto Socioambiental, with support from partner institution Forest Trends, seeks to provide a source of information and reflections which can be useful for the discussion and implementation of REDD projects in indigenous lands, in Brazil, and other Amazon countries....

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The REDD Opportunities Scoping Exercise

The REDD Opportunities Scoping Exercise

A Tool for Prioritizing Sub-National REDD+ Activities - Case Studies from Ghana, Tanzania, and Uganda

Michael Richards - Forest Trends - June 2010

This report describes the REDD+ Opportunities Scoping Exercise (ROSE) methodology, and summarises the experience of developing and using it in three case study countries Tanzania, Uganda and Ghana. ROSE is a tool for classifying and prioritizing potential REDD+ sub-national activities, and for...

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The REDD Opportunities Scoping Exercise for Ghana

The REDD Opportunities Scoping Exercise for Ghana: ROSE Expert Workshop

Michael Richards - Forest Trends - August 2010
The REDD Opportunities Scoping Exercise (ROSE), Uganda

The REDD Opportunities Scoping Exercise (ROSE), Uganda

Sara Namirembe, Onesmus Mugyenyi - Forest Trends/Katoomba Incubator, ACODE - July 2011
Katoomba Issue Brief

Katoomba Issue Brief: REDD Opportunities in Uganda

Slayde Hawkins - Forest Trends/Katoomba Incubator - July 2011
A Nested Approach to REDD+

A Nested Approach to REDD+

Structuring effective and transparent incentive mechanisms for REDD+ implementation at multiple scales

Rane Cortez, Rick Saines, Bronson Griscom, Marisa Martin, Daniel De Deo, Greg Fishbein, John Kerkering, Duncan Marsh - The Nature Conservancy, Baker & McKenzie, LLP - June 2010

In order for REDD+ to be successful, incentives will need to reach the actors responsible for addressing the drivers of deforestation and for shifting land use to a more sustainable and lowcarbonmodel. These actors span multiple scales, from international commodity buyers to national governments

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Forest Carbon

Forest Carbon

Law + Property Rights

David Takacs - Conservation International - November 2009

Investments in reforestation and reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) have the potential to mitigate greenhouse gas accumulation; sustain ecosystem services that support human and ecological communities; and generate sustainable livelihoods for poor, forest-dependent

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Implementing CDM Projects

Implementing CDM Projects

Guidebook to Host Country Legal Issues

Paul Curnow, Glenn Hodes - Baker & McKenzie, UNEP Risoe Center - August 2009

This Guidebook addresses a wide range of legal and regulatory issues arising from the domestic laws, regulations and policies of CDM Host Countries that can affect the development and implementation of CDM projects. Host Country domestic laws interact – both negatively and positively – with the...

Background Analysis of REDD Regulatory Frameworks

Background Analysis of REDD Regulatory Frameworks

- Terrestrial Carbon Group Project, UN-REDD - May 2009

This report provides an overview of the activities that a selection of developed and developing countries are taking to develop policy and legislative frameworks to enable REDD activities to take place. From a developed country perspective, support for REDD comes through first, the

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Legal Frameworks for REDD

Legal Frameworks for REDD

Design and Implementation at the National Level

John Costenbader ed. - IUCN Environmental Law Centre - 2009

This publication identifies and analyzes critical issues in the formulation and implementation of national and sub-national legal frameworks for REDD activities. It is based on substantive findings from four national case studies (Brazil, Cameroon, Guyana and Papua New Guinea) chosen for their...

Payments for Ecosystem Services

Payments for Ecosystem Services

Legal and Institutional Frameworks

Thomas Greiber - IUCN Environmental Law Centre - 2009

Analysis and engagement with partners working on ecosystem services transactions, policies and laws over the past 10 years have demonstrated a clear need to better understand the legal and institutional frameworks that have the potential to promote or hinder the development of payments for...

Pagos por Servicios Ambientales

Pagos por Servicios Ambientales

Marcos Jurídicos e Institucionales

Thomas Greiber ed. - IUCN Environmental Law Centre - 2009

El análisis y la interacción con socios involucrados en transacciones relacionadas con servicios ambientales y políticas y leyes conexas en los últimos 10 años, han evidenciado una clara necesidad de comprender mejor los marcos jurídicos e institucionales que tienen el potencial de favorecer o...

The Little REDD Book

The Little REDD Book

A guide to governmental and non-governmental proposals for reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation

Charlie Parker, Andrew Mitchell, Mandar Trivedi, Niki Mardas - Global Canopy Programme - December 2008

The Little REDD Book draws upon work undertaken by The Prince�s Rainforests Project to analyse thirty-three governmental and non-governmental proposals submitted to the UNFCCC.


The aim of the Little REDD Book is to help forest stakeholders to understand and compare current and

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Policies to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) in Tropical Forests

Policies to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) in Tropical Forests

An examination of the issues facing the incorporation of REDD into market-based climate policies

Erin C. Myers - Resources for the Future - December 2007

Deforestation and forest degradation account for 20 percent of annual total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The vast majority of these forestry emissions come from deforestation in developing countries. Currently, there is significant dialogue at the international level about how to integrate...

Legal Issues Guidebook to the Clean Development Mechanism

Legal Issues Guidebook to the Clean Development Mechanism

- Unep Ris� Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development - June 2004

This Guidebook has been drafted to assist developing country stakeholders to understand some of the key legal issues and risks involved in developing a CDM Project and selling CERs. There are obviously a broad range of developing countries and while some countries may have limited or no experience...

Carbon Forestry Projects in Developing Countries

Carbon Forestry Projects in Developing Countries

Legal Issues and Tools

Patsy Davis - Forest Trends - April 2000

Increasing awareness of the need for action on global warming has produced a search for ways to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to sequester carbon to offset such emissions. At the present time, nations around the globe are hotly debating whether to put into force the Kyoto Protocol. To...

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