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Introduction to Payment for Ecosystem Services (Chris Short)



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  • 1. WELCOME Breakfast Meeting about the Development of a Cotswold Catchment Payments For Ecosystem Services (PES)
  • 2. Outline of the day • Breakfast • Just before 9am – Introduction to ES • 9-10 Four talks from ‘buyers’ and discussion • 10 onwards – view from the farm • 10.30 – Jointly agreeing next steps
  • 3. Introduction to Payment for Ecosystem Services Chris Short, CCRI
  • 4. Payment for ES Pilot • Defra funded project (April ‘13 to Mar 14) • 1 year’s funding to develop Framework • Partnership approach, not single issue based • Dialogue between Sellers (farmers) and Buyers/Beneficiaries (range of interests) • Aims: – Develop agreed framework for PES – Indentify new and additional investment
  • 5. Introduction to Ecosystem Services • Not a UK or EU development – Roots in 1992 Rio (better known for CBD & SusD) • Global decline (as shown by MEA) • National decline (as outlined in 2010 WP & NEA) • Warnings for many years (‘Silent Spring’ 1962) • Increasingly aware of interconnectedness - Do we undervalue our environment? - Do we collectively think in terms of a system?
  • 6. Tomorrow
  • 7. Types of Ecosystem Services Provisioning services The products obtained from ecosystems such as food, fibre, fuel and fresh water, also genetic resources Regulating services The benefits obtained from the regulation of ecosystem processes including carbon capture, air quality, pest control, pollination, water purification and regulation. Cultural services The non-material benefits that people obtain through recreation, reflection, relaxation and aesthetic experiences, sense of place and spiritual enrichment. Supporting services such as nutrient cycling, oxygen production and soil formation. These underpin the ‘provision’ of all the other service categories. (LUC 2009) Biodiversity itself? The capital that drives these services
  • 8. The PES concept
  • 9. Innovation for farm businesses? What do you think? Would you like to be involved? Thoughts, comments on what you have heard ….
  • 10. How might a PES work? How would it fit with farm businesses?
  • 11. Agreeing the next steps All