Please find below a message concerning the International Forum on Payments for
Environmental Services of Tropical Forests. There is also a concept note for this event at
IUFRO Headquarters Vienna
Von: FO-PES-Forum [mailto:FO-PES-Forum@fao.org]
Gesendet: Freitag, 10. Januar 2014 16:18
Betreff: International Forum on Payments for Environmental Services of Tropical Forests,
7-10 April 2014, San José, Costa Rica
Message sent on behalf of Eva Muller, Director, Forest Economics, Policy and Products
I am writing to inform you that FAO, ITTO and the Government of Costa Rica, will jointly
convene an International Forum on Payments for Environmental Services of Tropical Forests
in San José, Costa Rica, from 7-10 April 2014.
Ensuring sustainable supplies of goods and services from forests to enhance their vital
contributions to socio-economic development lies at the core of Sustainable Forest
Management (SFM). Yet, SFM in the tropics is often less profitable than other land-uses
because many of the goods and services forests produce lack formal markets. Payments for
forest environmental services (PES), such as biodiversity, tourism and recreation, water
conservation, soil protection and climate change mitigation, is regarded as one such
innovative means of financing SFM.
The International Forum aims to highlight the importance of developing and implementing
PES mechanisms in tropical countries and to share best practices and lessons learned from
the many activities and projects that have been undertaken in recent years to scale up
global efforts to promote PES. The Forum is expected to recommend actions at local,
national and international levels for the development and effective implementation of PES
mechanisms in support of SFM in the tropics. It will bring together policymakers,
researchers and academicians, practitioners, civil society, the private sector, and
regional and international organizations engaged in the development, implementation and
support of PES mechanisms.
On behalf of the organizers, I would like to invite you or your representative to attend
the International Forum on Payments for Environmental Services of Tropical Forests. More
details including a concept note, and registration form are available on FAO
) and ITTO (www.itto.int
) websites. A preliminary
programme will be made available shortly. Sponsorship is available for a limited number of
participants from developing countries to attend the Forum. Those in need of sponsorship
are required to fill in the respective section of the on-line registration form.
Participants to be sponsored will be selected by the organizers based on the information
provided as well as ensuring a geographical and gender balance.
Forest Economics, Policy and Products Division, FAO