International Forum on Payments for Environmental Services of Tropical Forests

Event date: 7 April 2014 - 10 April 2014

Venue: Hotel Crowne Plaza Corobici 
City: San José
Country: Costa Rica
Register/website: International Forum on Payments for Environmental Services of Tropical Forests

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Description: Ensuring sustainable supply of goods and services from forests to enhance their vital contributions to socio-economic development lies at the core of Sustainable Forest Management (SFM). Yet, SFM in the tropics is often less profitable than other land-uses because many of the goods and services forests produce lack formal markets.  Payments for forest environmental (or ecosystem) services such as biodiversity, tourism and recreation, water conservation, soil protection and climate change mitigation, known in general as PES, is one such innovative means of financing SFM.

The International Forum on Payments for Environmental Services of Tropical Forests aims to highlight the importance of developing and implementing PES mechanisms in tropical countries and to share best practices and lessons learned. The Forum is expected to recommend actions at local, national and international levels for the development and effective implementation of PES mechanisms in support of SFM in the tropics. It will bring together policymakers, researchers and academicians, practitioners, civil society, the private sector, and regional and international organizations engaged in the development, implementation and support of of PES mechanisms.

The Forum is jointly organized by International Tropical Timber Organization; FAO; and the National Forestry Financing Fund (FONAFIFO) of Costa Rica; and will be hosted by the Ministry of Environment of Costa Rica. Other interested international, regional and national organizations, as well as donor governments, will be invited to participate as co-sponsors or partners.