Designing Pro-Poor Rewards for Ecosystem Services

Land Tenure Center Spring Forum 7-8 April 2008. Forum presentations and papers available below.


Opening remarks, by Dr. Lisa Naughton (LTC Director, UW-Madison)

MORNING KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Incentive-Compatible Institutional Design: Who's in Charge Here?, by Dr. Daniel Bromley (Anderson-Bascom Professor of Applied Economics, UW-Madison)

Monitoring and Modeling Ecosystem Services on Regional and Global Scales,by Dr. Jonathan Foley (Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, UW-Madison)

The State of Markets for Ecosystem Payments, by Michael Jenkins (Forest Trends)Woman in a Field image

A View from Sub-Saharan Africa, by Dr. James Murombedzi (Liberia Land Rights and Community Forestry Programme)

Targeting the Poorest Communities for Hydrological PES in Mexico, by Dr. Carlos Munoz (Instituto Nacional de Ecologia, Mexico)


1: ASSESSING AND MONITORING ECOSYSTEM SERVICES, Holly Gibbs, leader (Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, UW-Madison)

Tracking the Fate of Deforested Land in the Tropics: Critical New Inputs for Ecosystem Service Evaluation, by Holly Gibbs (SAGE)

Monitoring Human Impacts and Ecosystem Function in Africa's Eastern Arc Forests, by Dr. Rob Marchant (University of York)

Targeting PES: Opportunities for Bundling Biodiversity Conservation Carbon and Water Services in Madagascar, by Kelly Wendland (Agricultural and Applied Economics, UW-Madison)

2. RES FOR POVERTY ALLEVIATION, Dr. Brad Barham, leader (Agricultural and Applied Economics, UW-Madison)

Economic Development, Watershed Degradation, and Ameliorative Policies in SE Asia, by Dr. Ian Coxhead (Agricultural and Applied Economics, UW-Madison)

Directing Local Tax Revenues and Specialized Brand Marketing into Pro-poor Payments for Biodiversity Conservation, by Ann Koontz, MBA (Enterprise Works/VITA)

A View from Madagascar, by Tendro Ramaharitra (University of California-Berkeley)

3: LESSONS FROM THE US EXPERIENCE, Dr. Harvey M. Jacobs, leader (Urban and Regional Planning, UW-Madison). See Dr. Jacobs' background paper: Designing Pro-poor Rewards for Ecosystem Services: Lessons from the United States?

Using Voluntary Incentives to Conserve Biodiversity: Lessons from US Case Studies, by Dr. David Lewis (Agricultural and Applied Economics, UW-Madison)

Targeting Ecosystem Services: Using Interdisciplinary Science to Enhance Effectiveness, by Dr. Pete Nowak (Nelson Institute, UW-Madison)


1: COMPENSATION AND OTHER WILDLIFE CONSERVATION, Dr. Adrian Treves (Nelson Institute, UW-Madison) and Dr. Paula Kahumbu (Wildlife Direct), co-leaders

Conserving Snow Leopards through Community-based Incentive Programs, by Dr. Tom McCarthy (Snow Leopard Trust)

Direct Payments for Conservation: Examples and Challenges from Cambodia, by Tom Clements (Wildlife Conservation Society)

Reflections on Kenya's Experience with Incentive-based Wildlife Conservation, by Dr. Paula Kahumbu (Wildlife Direct)

2: PES AMID UNCERTAIN OR COLLECTIVE LAND TENURE, Dr. Lisa Naughton, leader (Land Tenure Center, UW-Madison)

Property Rights, Collective Action, and RES, by Dr. John Kerr (Michigan State University)

Rewarding Indigenous Communities for Forest Conservation on Communal Land, by Luis Suarez (Conservation International-Ecuador)

Conditional Land Tenure in Watershed Protection Forest in Sumatra, by Suyanto (World Agroforestry Center)

Breakout discussants: Dr. Lisa Curran (Yale University), Dr. Steven Lawry (Harvard University), Dr. Peter Coppolillo (Wildlife Conservation Society-Tanzania), Leela Hazzah (Nelson Institute, UW-Madison), Dr. Matthew Turner (Geography, UW-Madison)

AFTERNOON KEYNOTE ADDRESS (Roy F. Weston Distinguished Global Sustainability Lecture Series): From Timber to Palm Oil: Effects of Bornean Land Use Change on Carbon Emissions, Rural Livelihoods and Biodiversity, by Dr. Lisa Curran (Yale University)


Conservation International's RES Work, and Examples of Efforts to Visualize Ecosystem Services, by Dr. Keith Alger (Center for Applied Biodiversity Science)

PANEL DISCUSSION: PRIORITIES FOR FUTURE RESEARCH AND ACTION, Dr. Malcolm Childress (World Bank), Dr. Oliver Coomes (McGill University), Dr. Lisa Curran (Yale University), Dr. Matthew Turner (Geography, UW-Madison)

The forum featured scholars and field practitioners evaluating strategies for rewarding local ecosystem stewards in places of poverty and high biodiversity.

Audio files available here.

Speaker bios available here.