IUCN - Helping to make PES work

Helping to make PES work

01 September 2008 | News story

Since January 2008, the IUCN Environmental Law Centre (ELC) and Tropical America Katoomba Group (TAKG) have been implementing a legal analysis initiative with the aim of understanding the legal underpinnings of water and carbon contracts for Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES). From 6 to 8 August, ELC and TAKG jointly organized a workshop in Lima, Peru, which brought together PES experts from Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States.

Since January 2008, the IUCN Environmental Law Centre (ELC) and Tropical America Katoomba Group (TAKG) have been implementing a legal analysis initiative with the aim of understanding the legal underpinnings of water and carbon contracts for Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES). From 6 to 8 August, ELC and TAKG jointly organized a workshop in Lima, Peru, which brought together PES experts from Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States. 

In the course of the three days, participants presented the findings of their studies which analyze selected PES projects based on a legal questionnaire developed in a previous workshop at the ELC in Bonn, Germany, in December 2007. In order to better understand the results from their studies and develop guidelines for the legal and institutional structures required to support PES schemes and their implementation, separate groups focused on the following issues: Necessary legal and institutional frameworks for PES; Legal implications of property and resource rights in PES; Contract design implications for PES. The findings of the working groups were presented to the Peruvian National Institute of Natural Resources (INRENA) which is in the process of drafting PES relevant legislation.

The joint ELC – TAKG initiative will lead to a publication under the IUCN Environmental Policy and Law Publication (EPLP) series which is planned to be ready by the beginning of 2009. The publication will focus on legal issues in the design and implementation of PES schemes, and will include succinct case studies of PES projects in different Latin American countries, a legal issues gap analysis per country and across Latin America, as well as a summary of guidelines for projects to develop deals. Furthermore, the outcomes of the ELC – TAKG initiative will contribute additional details to the Katoomba Group’s “Getting Started Manual”.