ESPA 2014 Annual Science Meeting, 26 - 27 November, 2014 - Registration now open

ESPA is a seven year, £40 million research programme funded by DFID, ESRC and NERC to provide new knowledge demonstrating how ecosystem services can reduce poverty and enhance well-being for the world’s poor. Learn More »


Do payment for ecosystem services schemes work in benefiting the poor? Questions remain over the ultimate destination of both payments and naturally derived benefits. Working in the tropical forests of eastern Madagascar, this project is one of the first multi-dimensional assessments of a payment scheme. It is looking at the benefits which lowland rice farmers may expect from more forests, exploring the costs (and who bears them) of reduced access for wild-product harvesting, and investigating how politics and social structures influence how the benefits from payments are distributed. 

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