As part of the situation analysis for the South Asia region, country workshops were held to contribute to the study by bringing together a focus group of stakeholder representatives for discussion on the following key issues:
4.1 What are ecosystem services and how do they contribute to poverty alleviation?
4.2 What are the trends in the state of ecosystems and how has this affected the availability of different ecosystem services over time and across space?
4.3 What are the major drivers (direct and indirect) to account for the changing availability of ecosystem services over time and across space? How have global-level drivers contributed to local-level changes in the availability of ecosystem services? Which are the policy-related drivers that have turned out to be most influential at different ecosystem scales?
4.4 What has been the impact of the changing availability of ecosystem services on the poor and how has the latter coped?
4.5 What has been the policy response to changing availability of ecosystem services and to what extent it has been effective in addressing the poverty-related consequences of such changes?
This document includes reports on the workshops held in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Pakistan. For some of the workshops, slides from powerpoint presentations are included.