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Amy Cruz

Amy Cruz is the communications officer for the World Agroforestry Centre Philippines. She is developing an integrated communications strategy for the Philippine program, scripting and editing videos and promoting projects through various media. Her other interests include social media, writing and photography. She has a Bachelor of Science in Development Communication, major in Science Communication.

Business-case training workshop jump-starts co-investment in Philippine watershed

Farmers and members of the Payments for Ecosystems Services Working Group of Lantapan sub-watersheds are learning how to develop business cases for co-investment in agroforestry.   Most markets in the world don’t really trade in ‘watershed protection’ and...

Bhutan learns how to improve payments for ecosystem services

Staff of the Bhutan Government have been trained by the World Agroforestry Centre in methods for improving their ecosystem services’ schemes.   Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) are incentive-based schemes that bridge conservation initiatives and community livelihoods. The...

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CGIAR brings people together to conserve a watershed in Sumatra

The Way Besai watershed, which was experiencing conflict, is now harmonious thanks to an initiative by a CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry team from the World Agroforestry Centre   In 2014, the Community Forestry Farmers’...

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Co-investment and sociopolitical alternatives for ecosystem services

Researchers meeting at the 7th Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference made observations and recommendations for better management of ecosystems   By Robert Finlayson   Every year, members of the Ecosystem Services Partnership hold a conference to discuss progress. This...

Why reducing deforestation is not like the usual kind of Russian dolls

Reducing greenhouse-gas emissions from land uses requires coordinated actions locally, nationally and globally. The ‘nesting’ of institutions needed to do this are assumed to be something like a series of identical but ever-smaller Russian dolls. There are other...

Payments for environmental services in Viet Nam might not be sustainable without improved monitoring and evaluation

Viet Nam’s payments-for-ecosystem-services schemes might not be sustainable because it’s hard to tell if they are succeeding or not, says Leony Aurora   Five years after payments for ecosystem services (PES) schemes started in Viet Nam, success is...

Africa’s ecosystem-services schemes face many challenges

Supporters of payments-for-ecosystem-services’ schemes in Africa should reconsider the use of strict financial approaches and look to co-investment, says Leony Aurora   Schemes that commodify the services provided by an ecosystem—such as clean air and water, landscape beauty...

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Indonesia prepares to expand schemes that pay for environmental services

 Indonesia has been a leader in legislating for schemes that pay for environmental services such as clean and plentiful water supply. The implementing regulations that will encourage expansion are now being prepared and some important points need to...