We are grateful for the financial and intellectual contributions of the following organizations:

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

USAID promotes peace and stability by fostering economic growth, protecting human health, providing emergency humanitarian assistance, and enhancing democracy in developing countries. These efforts to improve the lives of millions of people worldwide represent U.S. values and advance U.S. interests for peace and prosperity.



This initiative is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), under the terms of the TransLinks Cooperative Agreement No.EPP-A-00-06-00014-00 to The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). TransLinks is a partnership of WCS, The Earth Institute, Enterprise Works/VITA, Forest Trends and The Land Tenure Center. The contents are the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.


The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Established in September 2000, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation seeks to advance environmental conservation and scientific research around the world and improve the quality of life in the San Francisco Bay Area.The Foundation is devoted to the inspirational vision articulated by our founders: “creating positive outcomes for future generations.” This vision guides our mission: “to achieve significant, lasting and measurable results in environmental conservation, science and the San Francisco Bay Area.” A set of core values—impact, integrity, disciplined approach, and collaboration—directs our work.  



The Global Environment Facility

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) unites 179 member governments — in partnership with international institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector — to address global environmental issues. An independent financial organization, the GEF provides grants to developing countries and countries with economies in transition for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants. These projects benefit the global environment, linking local, national, and global environmental challenges and promoting sustainable livelihoods.


The United Nations Development Program (UNDP)

United Nations Development Program is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners. World leaders have pledged to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, including the overarching goal of cutting poverty in half by 2015. UNDP’s network links and coordinates global and national efforts to reach these Goals. Our focus is helping countries build and share solutions to the challenges of: democratic governance, poverty reduction, crisis prevention and recovery, environment and energy, HIV/AIDS. UNDP helps developing countries attract and use aid effectively. In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women.


United States Forest Service (USFS)

The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. Established in 1905, the Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Forest Service manages public lands in national forests and grasslands. National forests and grasslands encompass 193 million acres of land, which is an area equivalent to the size of Texas.


We are grateful for the contributions of the following individuals:

Template training outlines were developed by Marina Campos, Fiona Mulligan, and Hannah Murray with support from other FT staff. Customized PES programs and materials have been developed with support from numerous staff and consultants to Forest Trends and the Katoomba Group, including (in alphabetical order): Beto Borges, Phil Covell, Kate Hamilton, Slayde Hawkins, Tommie Herbert, Michael Jenkins, Nicolas Lucas, Molly Peters-Stanley, Michael Richards, Rebecca Vonada, Sissel Waage. We thank The Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative (ELTI), The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), WWF, and other members of the Alliance for Global REDD+ Capacity (AGRC) for feedback and collaboration that has been instrumental to the creation of these materials.

We are also grateful to have had the opportunity to implement tailored trainings for: Secretary of Environment (SEMA) Acre, Brazil; Fundação Getulio Vargas business school; National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), Uganda; The Network of Latin American Environmental Funds (RedLAC); the United States Forest Services (USFS); ICRAF-PRESA East and Southern Africa, UNDP South Africa, the National REDD+ Coordination Office Democratic Republic of Congo, and The National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR) Mexico. We would like to specifically thank (in alphabetical order): Lilly Ajarova, Christine Akello, Sarah Albritton, Eufran Amaral, Nicole Balloffet, Ricardo Bayon, Rachel Biderman, Cintia Dall'Agnol, Monica de Los Rios,Juan Manuel Frausto, Rob Goldberg, Paul Hatanga, Rossana Landa, Camila Monteiro, Sara Namirembe, Francis Ogwal, Paola Bauche Petersen, Ray Victurine, Xis.

For more information please contact Tommie Herbert, Program Associate, The Katoomba Group at therbert[at]forest-trends.org.