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Payments for Environmental Services and Rural Communities: Lessons from the Americas (Draft)

December 1, 2002

AUTHORS: Rosa, Herman; Kandel, Susan; Dimas, Leopoldo; Mendez, Erne

While not a panacea for rural poverty, Payments for Environmental Services (PES)—when it is inserted into broader strategies geared towards expanding the whole basket of assets in the hands in the poor—can help to improve rural livelihoods at the same time that it advances environmental goals. PES can also catalyze local efforts to construct shared visions that revalorize the rural landscapes managed by these communities, and can increase the awareness of other actors to the key role played by indigenous and peasant communities in managing natural resources and complex ecosystems that are critical for the provision of environmental services vital to humankind.

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