Impact of water PES on income distribution in Mexico

Term: October 2009-September 2010

Funding: USAID-Translinks

Project contacts: PI: Jennifer Alix-Garcia, Communications director: Kurt Brown

Participating institutions: LTC.

Summary: A key challenge for PES is designing equitable payment distribution among local residents. A case study from Mexico's water payment program will reveal how payments affect the amount and distribution of forest-based income. The activity will foster understanding on how cash transfer schemes, conditional on sustainable environmental management, affect household and community level behaviors, and how these behaviors affect environmental outcomes.