Payments for ecosystem services: gambling on nature?

Date: 12 December 2017

Venue: UAntwerp - Stadscampus - Building R - R.014 - Rodestraat 14 - 2000 Antwerp (route: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus)

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Organization / co-organization: USOS, IOB

Short description: Debate between Gert van Hecken (IOB - UAntwerp) and Kahlil Baker (Taking Root)

About the debate

Payments for ecosystem services (PES) operate on the principle that market-based mechanisms are optimal tools for addressing environmental concerns while promoting policies that are pro-poor and help communities in developing countries secure their livelihoods.

PES are designed to incentivize communities, individuals, and companies to act in environmentally sound ways by offering compensation in exchange for managing natural resources sustainably. However, there are considerable risks in putting a price a nature through PES, ranging from land-tenure concerns and green-grabbing, to unintended effects on biodiversity, which may paradoxically result in the impoverishment of local communities.

Do the risks of PES outweigh the potential benefits?

Moderated by Johan Bastiaensen (IOB - UAntwerp)

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