Presentation And Proceedings

Valuation and options for payment of ecosystem services of mountain forests

Date: August 22-23, 2006
Venue: Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi, India
Organizer: ANSAB
Language: English
Number of Pages: 23
Price: Free

In order to fully appreciate the forest ecosystem services of the Himalayan Mountains, which contribute significantly to the life supporting capacity of both in the mountains and adjacent plains, there is a need to consider valuation of forest ecosystem services and incorporate them into accounting at national, regional, and other levels. This is important so as to provide enough incentives to local communities for forest conservation in the Himalayas. In this context, a regional meeting was organized involving key stakeholders and relevant organizations from India and Nepal to discuss and explore the scope of valuation and options for payment of ecosystem services of mountain forests to mountain local communities. The specific objectives were:

  • To explore major ecosystem services of the Mountain Forests and identify the benefits and their receivers;
  • To discuss, share, and update the existing practices and options for getting payment of ecosystem services around the world; and
  • To identify possible mechanisms and policy instruments applicable to Nepal and India.