The purpose of this project was to explore the socio-economic opportunities of payments for environmental services in upper water catchments to apply new knowledge to land use and forest decision making for the benefit of small-scale farmers. Two project outputs were specified; a) increased understanding of the socio-economic impacts and market opportunities associated with land use and hydrological change, and, b) developing a generic negotiation support system tool. The first phase of the project was located in Costa Rica and was linked with a hydrological project investigating water flow impacts from forest or pasture land use change in a tropical montane cloud forest area (FRP R7991). The inputs of the hydrological analysis informed the off-site economic analysis to be compared with on-site compensation scenario analysis to estimate land use payment scenarios. Detailed qualitative and quantitative social studies were also conducted. Based on these findings, an extension phase developed and tested a negotiation support tool applying negotiation methodologies in a different social and environmental landscape in India.
Socio-economic Opportunities from Upland Catchment Environmental Services: A Negotiation Support System. Final Technical Report (ZF0184/R8174), 17 pp.