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A Knowledge and Assessment Guide to Support the Development of Payment Arrangements for Watershed Ecosystem Services (PWES): Full Report

A Knowledge and Assessment Guide to Support the Development of Payment Arrangements for Watershed Ecosystem Services (PWES): Full Report

Sylvia S. Tognetti, Guillermo F. Mendoza, Bruce Aylward, Douglas Southgate & Luis Garcia

This paper looks at the scientific and physical hydrologic basis that payment schemes for watershed ecosystem services attempt to improve. The authors contend that payments for watershed ecosystem services are frequently based on generalizations that may not be true in the watersheds where the program operates. Through tackling common myths about watershed management and looking at the need for monitoring and information collection, good science and institutional arrangements are encouraged to assure the intended results are produced from payment programs. The report looks at how water modeling and water balances should be used to analyze watersheds for expected outcomes from changing land use practices.

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