Land tenure, governance, and payments for ecosystem services

Term: October 2009-September 2010

Funding: USAID-Translinks

People: PI: Lisa Naughton, Communications director: Kurt Brown, Susana Lastarria, Maggie Holland, Manolo Morales.

Participating institutions: LTC.

Summary:Payments for ecosystem services (PES) offer the opportunity to directly reward local citizens for protecting forests, watersheds and biodiversity. Yet it is often difficult to identify the appropriate beneficiaries due to uncertain or contested land claims. Land tenure is particularly problematic at development frontiers, where forests are rich in biodiversity and carbon, but people are poor. Policy interventions related to land tenure are often controversial and/or costly. We aim to better inform policy on PES (particularly REDD) through the activities below.