Payments for Ecosystem Services

Global Environmental Facility

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Because ecosystem services are necessary for human survival, the GEF has pioneered the funding of mechanisms that reward good stewardship of natural resources, by promoting the concept and application of Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes. For the GEF, the concept of PES includes a variety of arrangements through which the beneficiaries of ecosystem services pay those providing the services. This publication summarizes the investments of GEF on PES schemes from a variety of institutional, thematic and geographic perspectives. The publication also highlights some of the trends and opportunities for the establishment of PES schemes to generate global environmental benefits.

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Technical Document

Global Environmental Facility