Learning Event on Payment for Watershed Services in East Africa – University of Copenhagen

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Learning Event on Payment for Watershed Services in East Africa

The Equitable Payment for Watershed Services programme (2008-2012) was developed at a time of widespread enthusiasm for engaging the market as an approach to improving watershed management in developing countries.

The site project in Tanzania implemented by CARE in collaboration with WWF through funding from Danida, set forth to to pilot an equitable payment mechanism that would reward farmers in the upper catchment of the Ruvu River, near Morogoro, for measures adopted to conserve water and reduce surface run-off. This was in response to growing concerns over reduction in water flow and quality from downstream users in the capital, Dar es Salaam, incl. Coca Cola, Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Corporation and Tanzanian Breweries.

The scheme piloted in the Uluguru Mountains hence set forth to test three key assumptions:

1) Poverty reduction and environmental goals can be combined and social benefits can reach both poorer and more wealthier households.

2) Cash payments to farmers can deliver the necessary land use change and thus improve ecosystem services - i.e. cash will compensate farmers and help them overcome the initial costs that may prevent farmers from adopting new land use practices

3) Downstream users can see the value of investing in watershed services as part of their core business and are wiling to finance the expansion of the programme beyond the pilot area

The learning event will focus on these three key assumptions bringing in experiences from mainly Tanzania and Kenya.

Time: Wednesday 27 February 2013, 09:00-13:00

Venue: Jemtelandsgade 1, 2. floor, 2300 Copenhagen S

Registration

Participation is free, but registration is necessary no later than Monday 25 February at 10:00.

Please send the following information to Nikolaj B. Møller, e-mail: nboutrup@care.dk

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