Payment for Environmental Services

To respond to trade-related capacity building development needs in the area of environmental management, the DSD is working towards improving market-based approaches to the conservation of biological diversity, through the support of Payment for Ecological Service Payments (PES).   Innovative financial instruments for conservation including Payment for Ecological Services (PES) are increasingly used as tools to implement conservation policies at the national level. The DSD is identifying innovative private sector partnerships in environment-related financing through the compilation of recent and proposed PES systems, recent trends in nature and conservation swap-payment schemes, and systems, as well as an assessment of the enabling public sector mechanisms required to support such PES systems. This will include the role of land tenure and property rights, fiscal and regulatory systems, and other policies.

Some of the outcomes in this area include:

(1) An inventory of payments for ecological services, More...

(2) An analysis of supporting laws and public policies. More...

(3) Compilation of best practices in payment for ecological services; More...

(4) Developing a hemispheric approach to payment for ecological services. More...




DSD Launches PES Project and Transaction Database. Click to access Database


DSD begins analysis of PES supporting laws and public policies. More



June, 4  2008.  Sao Paulo, Brasil. Workshop: Trends in the Implementation of Payments for Environmental Services in the Americas. More...


Documents and Links

PES schemes in Latinamerican and the Caribbean (spanish only)


Discussion paper on Payments for Environmental Services (PES)


Environmental Valuation as a supporting tool for PES




This page was last updated on Wednesday September 29, 2010.