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Sacha Amaruzaman

Sacha Amaruzaman is an ecosystem services specialist with the World Agroforestry Centre Southeast Asia. He co-manages the Climate-Smart, Tree-Based, Adaptation and Mitigation in Asia (Smart Tree-Invest) project that is operating in Indonesia, Viet Nam and the Philippines. He also carries out research under the CGIAR Research Program on Forest, Trees and Agroforestry, mainly focusing on ecosystem services, socioeconomic and institutional aspects.

Profits, plates and plots: the link between farmers’ diets and their farms

Researchers have found that smallholders participating in a payments for ecosystem services (PES) scheme in Cidanau Watershed, Indonesia had more diverse diets than farmers who weren’t participating. Food security, however, is still an issue for the watershed so...

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...

Indonesia adopts advice on ecosystem services from the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry

Indonesia’s newly formed Ministry of Environment and Forestry has adopted recommendations from studies conducted by the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry and the RUPES project   As one of its first initiatives, in January 2015...

Sumberjaya, River Care, RUPES

Electricity company expands ecosystem services’ scheme to 10 provinces in Indonesia

Thanks to a pilot established by the World Agroforestry Centre, Indonesia’s state electricity company is now expanding ecosystem services’ schemes throughout the island of Sumatra   The State Electricity Company of Indonesia (Perusahaan Listrik Negara/PLN) has mandated the...

Mr Nikom Onkew, chair of the Mae Win sub-district administration senate

Local government and ecosystem rewards’ schemes in Thailand

The chair of Mae Win sub-district administrative office senate in Thailand is also an agroforester and eco-tourism operator who supports rewarding local people who protect their environment   By Robert Finlayson   ‘Having a variety of plants in...

PES, payments for ecosystem services, environmental services, Costa Rica, map

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...

natural capital, beach, ocean, landscape, value

Estimating the value of depleting the Earth’s natural capital

Services provided by ecosystems that are worth up to USD 20.2 trillion per year have been lost since 1997. These estimates are conservative, say Robert Costanza and colleagues     Ecosystems provide a range of services that are...

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...

ecosystem services, co-investment

‘Co-investment’ schemes for ecosystem services are more likely to succeed

People creating payments-for-ecosystem-services schemes need to reorient their thinking from strict financial transactions based on performance towards ‘co-investment’, says Leony Aurora   Co-investment typically involves various groups with different types of assets working together to achieve agreed goals....