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Lessons from community-based payment for ecosystem service schemes: from forests to rangelands.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23045714     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Climate finance investments and international policy are driving new community-based projects incorporating payments for ecosystem services (PES) to simultaneously store carbon and generate livelihood benefits. Most community-based PES (CB-PES) research focuses on forest areas. Rangelands, which store globally significant quantities of carbon and support many of the world's poor, have seen little CB-PES research attention, despite benefitting from several decades of community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) projects. Lessons from CBNRM suggest institutional considerations are vital in underpinning the design and implementation of successful community projects. This study uses documentary analysis to explore the institutional characteristics of three African community-based forest projects that seek to deliver carbon-storage and poverty-reduction benefits. Strong existing local institutions, clear land tenure, community control over land management decision-making and up-front, flexible payment schemes are found to be vital. Additionally, we undertake a global review of rangeland CBNRM literature and identify that alongside the lessons learned from forest projects, rangeland CB-PES project design requires specific consideration of project boundaries, benefit distribution, capacity building for community monitoring of carbon storage together with awareness-raising using decision-support tools to display the benefits of carbon-friendly land management. We highlight that institutional analyses must be undertaken alongside improved scientific studies of the carbon cycle to enable links to payment schemes, and for them to contribute to poverty alleviation in rangelands.
Andrew J Dougill; Lindsay C Stringer; Julia Leventon; Mike Riddell; Henri Rueff; Dominick V Spracklen; Edward Butt
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences     Volume:  367     ISSN:  1471-2970     ISO Abbreviation:  Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond., B, Biol. Sci.     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-09     Completed Date:  2013-03-08     Revised Date:  2013-12-04    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503623     Medline TA:  Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3178-90     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Agriculture / methods
Carbon / chemistry
Carbon Cycle
Conservation of Natural Resources / economics,  methods*
Consumer Participation / psychology
Decision Making
Decision Support Techniques
Environmental Policy / economics,  legislation & jurisprudence
Forestry / economics,  methods*,  organization & administration
Poverty / prevention & control
Soil / chemistry
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Soil; 7440-44-0/Carbon

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