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New Publications: Peru Investments in Watershed Services Series

For those of you who are headed to Peru next year for Katoomba Peru, you may want to start learning about the projects Forest Trends is partnering with in this water-stressed country.  The foundation of Forest Trends’ work in Peru is our partnership with the Ministry of the Environment (MINAM), forming the Peru’s Incubadora de Mecanismos de Retribucion por Servicios Ecosistemicos – the Ecosystem Services Incubator.  A year after the formation of the Incubator, Margaret Stern and Marta Echavarria have written a series of case studies (the Peru Investments in Watershed Services Series) describing the IWS system in place, the progress of the project under the Incubator, and the next steps to be taken within the project to achieve the goals of achieving self-sustaining, effective IWS systems in each of the watersheds.

The cases described in the series span a range of IWS models,are in various stages of development, and address different watershed services.

Jequetepeque Watershed

The Jequetepeque project, in existence since 2006, has implemented pilot projects with farming communities in three highly degraded sub-watersheds, encouraging reforestation, agroforestry, pollution reduction, and payment by water users on the coastal. Working together with the Incubator, MINAM, and Forest Trends, next steps include scaling up the pilot project to include eight additional subwatersheds.  Due to its use of a multi-stakeholder model with a number of water users invested in the project (including a hydropower plant, water users, and the irrigation district, the model holds excellent potential for scaling up.

Read the full report about Jequetepeque here.

Rimac Watershed

The Rimac is simultaneously the main source of water for the capital city of Lima and one of the most polluted rivers in the world. From top to bottom, the watershed is polluted by mining residues  organic residues, domestic waste, agricultural runoff and poor sewage disposal.  In the Rimac, a financial fund (Aquafondo) was created by a consortium of entities to develop interventions that address water pollution in the Rimac.  In the Rimac, the Incubator is working together with Forest Trends and Kieser & Associates to develop a framework for decision-making and prioritizing IWS interventions.

Read the full report about the Rimac here.

Alto Mayo Watershed

This project is unique in Peru in that it is the first IWS project to secure payment funds from water users.  The 40000 inhabitants of Moyobamba contribute a monthly fee on their water bill towards provision of a reliable, clean water supply. Water supply is the key issue in this watershed – a current shortfall of about 65 L/s exists (about half of current demand).  The institution of the IWS mechanism allows for an alternative way to raise funds to support the efforts of EPS Moyobamba, the Moyobamba water company. In 2009, the residents of Moyobamba voted to pay a fee to protect their watershed.

Read the full report about the Alto Mayo here.

Canete Watershed

The Canete project is the newest within the case studies described here.  Designated as a priority watershed by MINAM.  Although substantial work has been done to develop a framework for a project, including a document that discusses the feasibility of payment for hydrological services, the Incubator has not yet been active in this project, pending negotiations regarding grant funding. In the Canete watershed, the watershed providers are mainly older and widely dispersed throughout the watershed, compared to the lower watershed, which is densely populated and has experienced large influxes of young people moving to areas with more opportunity.

Read more about Canete here.

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Katoomba China – 1 month away

 

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We are now just one month away from Katoomba XVIII: Forests, Water, and People, which will take place in Beijing’s Olympic Village and will be hosted by Forest Trends, the Katoomba Group, and the Capital Greening Commission of Beijing. Co-hosts of the event are the Beijing Parks and Forestry Department of International Cooperation, the Beijing Forestry Society, and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

You can find the most up-to-date info on the event here or contact Gena Gammie for more details. Click the link below to see what info we have available now.

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