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Invitation to Virtual Conference “Payments for Ecosystem Services: Forest for Water”

The PESFOR-W COST action is inviting you to its final conference. PESFOR-W is looking into the positive impact that woodlands and trees can have on water quality, and how the instruments of payments for ecosystem services (PES, also called eco-schemes) can co-fund tree-based interventions by land owners and land managers. The aim of the PESFOR-W COST Action is to synthesize knowledge, provide guidance and encourage collaborative research to improve Europe’s capacity to use Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) to achieve Water Framework Directive (WFD) targets & other policy objectives through incentives for planting woodlands to reduce agricultural diffuse pollution to watercourses.

The conference will introduce the state-of-the-art in the field, and will showcase the work done by the members of the COST action. Three stakeholders from policy, science and practice will illustrate what Woodland-for-Water PES can do and how they implement them.

The conference is organised as a virtual event, at no cost to the attendees. Attendance is only possible after registration

Programme (all times in CET – Central European Time) – full version of the programme here (here for GMT times).

Wednesday 17 March

  • 09:00 – 09:40 – Introduction and keynote address by Dr Sven Wunder (European Forest Institute) – Woodlands for Water PES: overcoming barriers to their development
  • 09:40 – 09:55 – Virtual field tour
  • 10:00 – 11:00 – Introduction to the User Manual & Finalising the PESFOR-W Action Plan

Thursday 18 March

  • 09:00 – 10:20 – Introduction and stakeholders perspectives
  • 10:30 – 11:00 – Overview of the outcomes of the PESFOR-W action: governance & design of woodlands for water; environmental effectiveness; cost-effectiveness; communication and dissemination 
  • 11:00 – 11:20 – User Manual on developing woodlands for water PES
  • 11:20 – 11:30 – Action Plan on developing woodlands for water PES
  • 11:30 – 12:30 – Q&A & closing words

More information on the PESFOR-W COST Action is available at our website.

The conference is funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union, supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology). The webinar is facilitated by the European Forest Institute (EFI).

Featured image by jplenio (source @pixabay)


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