PES, Benefit Sharing, and the Nexus: Value added or value subtracted?

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Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy. 2012. Presentation from Session 5: Sharing for Energy, Water and Food

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PES, Benefit Sharing, and the Nexus: Value added or value subtracted?

  1. 1. PES, Benefit Sharing, and the Nexus: Value added or value subtracted? Dennis Wichelns Institute of Water Policy National University of Singapore The Mekong Forum on Water, Food, and Energy Hanoi, November 13-14, 2012
  2. 2. Questions to Consider1. What are the goals of our research?2. What is the basis of our focus on PES and Benefit Sharing?3. Are these notions helpful in pursuing our goals?4. Is the notion of the Nexus something new, enlightening, and helpful?
  3. 3. We likely care aboutthe environment,resources, andlivelihoods.
  4. 4. Our goals likelyinclude reducingpoverty andenhancing the careand management ofnatural resources.
  5. 5. We largely acceptthat hydropowerdevelopment isinevitable and weendeavor tominimize impacts.
  6. 6. We have beenguided to considerPES and BSM inthis context.
  7. 7. Yet the prospect forsuccess is not fullyclear or guaranteed.
  8. 8. The conceptualframework is partlysound and theevidence, to date, ismixed.
  9. 9. There is an inherentdisconnect between thebuyers and the sellers...and the public.
  10. 10. We have learned quite abit about resourcemanagement incommunal settings.
  11. 11. We know also that forevery plan orstrategy, there will be aresponse that might ormight not be expected.
  12. 12. The notion of anexus has beenwith us for sometime.
  13. 13. Effective solutionsoften rely on basicrelationships.
  14. 14. Summing upAre we certain we are asking theappropriate research questions.Should we be keeping a closer eye onestablished wisdom and experience.Does the notion of a nexus involvingfood, energy, and water add value toour conceptual understanding or topolicy design and implementation.
  15. 15. Successful answers to these questions might determine a future Nobel laureate.In the meantime,they might enhancethe livelihoods ofmillions of deservinghouseholds.

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