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Workshop on Compensation and Payment for Ecosystem Services with Communities in Central America


This five-day workshop was designed to provide a basic introduction for community leaders and technical staff from NGOs and other organizations that work with local communities on compensation and payments for environmental services. Through a series of lectures, case study presentations, field visits, group exercises, and a project clinic, participants learned the basics about PES initiatives so that they are better equipped to decide if they would like to develop a PES project in their community. Participants had the opportunity to form a network of peers from the region with whom they can continue discussing PES. If interested, participants can work with their peers to develop a PES project, as well as explore additional training opportunities on PES and other topics related to the conservation and restoration of tropical forests. 


Day 1

  • Module 1: Ecological principles and social aspects of landscape-level conservation and restoration
  • Module 2: An introduction to ecosystem services
  • Module 3: Compensation and payments for ecosystem services: origin, concepts, and structure
  • Case Study #1: Payments for ecosystem services, cacao, and communities
  • Module 4: Risks, benefits, and opportunities of payments for ecosystem services for communities

Day 2

  • Module 5: Legal frameworks for payments for ecosystem services in Central America
  • Module 6: Payments for ecosystem services: water
  • Case Study #2: Payments for ecosystem services related to water in Teculután, Guatemala
  • Case Study #3: The water management association in the southern sector of Pico Bonito National Park, Honduras
  • Module 7: Payments for ecosystem services: carbon

Day 3

  • Field Trip: Pico Bonito Forests
  • Case Study #4: Pico Bonito Forests: a case of afforestation/reforestation
  • Case Study #5: The Ipetí community: payments for carbon credits with a reforestation project

Day 4

  • Module 8: Continuation of Payments for ecosystem services related to carbon: REDD+
  • Module 9: Importance of social and environmental standards for REDD+
  • Module 10: REDD+ negotiations: what happened in Copenhagen and where do we go from here?
  • Case Study #6: Forest concessions, REDD, and the Maya Biosphere Reserve, Guatemala

Day 5

  • Project Clinic: Conceptualizing community-based compensation and payments for ecosystem services projects