The Danube PES Project: E-bulletin, June 2013

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Danube PES project logos.
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The Danube PES project, Rusenski Lom nature park. rel=
The Danube PES project, Rusenski Lom nature park.
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This project promotes and supports land managers who help us sustain the benefits that we all get from nature. The project is implemented by the WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme with the financial support of the GEF through UNEP and the European Commission.
Irene Lucius: "Climate change is expected to lower predictability and thereby increase ... / ©: WWF / Andreas Zednicek
Irene Lucius: "Climate change is expected to lower predictability and thereby increase economic risks."
© WWF / Andreas Zednicek
Dear readers and supporters,

Over the past six months we continued to work with our partners at local and national level to promote PES as a powerful economic instrument for the protection and sustainable use of ecosystems and their services.

In April, the WWF DCP team hosted in Bucharest European colleagues and representatives of institutions from Romania and Bulgaria to share experience in assessing and valuing ecosystem services, and in PES. Within the WWF network, there are many initiatives at European and international level, and WWF DCPO is seen to be at the forefront of these developments. 

At the workshop, participants concluded that we need to improve our work with national institutions and facilitate coordination in relation to mapping and assessment of ecosystem services at national level. We built on this by organising a round table in Bulgaria and by developing a common proposal on mapping, assessment and valuation of ecosystem services in Romania.

Our Project Manager, Maya Todorova, was invited by FAO to share our experience of PES at a closing workshop of a GEF-funded project on Transitional Agriculture Reform in Serbia. The aim of the project was to enhance the competitiveness of Serbian agriculture, and PES were presented as one of the opportunities to sustain the services from nature after the end of the project.

In June, WWF DCP organized a high-level conference “Saving resources: Moving towards a resource-efficient, green economy in the Danube Region” in Sofia.The European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik, President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev, and Lasse Gustavsson, Executive Director, Conservation of WWF International delivered the keynote speeches, emphasizing the need to recognize and protect the value of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

At local level, the work on our model PES schemes continued. The Persina pilot scheme finally received the much needed funding for the investment costs. In Russenski Lom and Maramures, the communications materials were distributed and new partners have stepped forward, some of them international.

We also have the pleasure of announcing that we have started working with Dr Julio Tresierra, an experienced expert in PES, who will review the technical feasibility of the schemes we developed and will advise the team on how to improve them.

I hope you enjoy this newsletter. As always, we will be happy to get your feeback and comments.

Irene Lucius, Project Director 

Latest news

Moving towards a resource-efficient, "green” economy in the Danube Region

15th anniversary of the WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme.  / ©: WWF
15th anniversary of the WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme.
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European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik, President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev, and Lasse Gustavsson, Executive Director, Conservation of WWF International delivered the keynote speeches at the 'Saving resources: Moving towards a resource-efficient, green economy in the Danube Region' conference, organized by WWF in Sofia today. The conference focused on the future of Bulgaria and the broader Danube region, which will very much depend on creating more value with fewer resources, while preserving natural wealth and “green infrastructure” that is essential to human wellbeing. Read more

Biodiversity Days in Bucharest

Magor Csibi, Director of WWF Romania at the PES seminar in Bucharest.  / ©: WWF DCP
Magor Csibi, Director of WWF Romania at the PES seminar in Bucharest.
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During “Biodiversity Days in Bucharest”, an event hosted by WWF Romania, members of the Danube PES project team shared their experience from Bulgaria and Romania with other WWF teams working on PES in Europe - Germany, Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain. The discussion flagged once again that WWF is a global leader in the development of this type of innovative financing schemes. Read more

Danube PES case studies explained

Danube PES project case studies brochure cover.  / ©: WWF
Danube PES project case studies brochure cover.
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The Danube PES project team has produced a brochure with the case studies from the project. The payment for ecosystem services schemes in Russenski Lom Nature Park, Persina Nature Park, Ciocanesti and Maramures are explained and put in context. The case studies demonstrate in a clear way how the schemes work. In addition, the team produced separate publications featuring each of the model schemes. Download the brochures

Cards with a mission for Russenski Lom Nature Park

Russenski Lom card, Danube PES project.  / ©: WWF
Russenski Lom card, Danube PES project.
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The Danube PES project team in Bulgaria has created cards, the proceeds from which will be used for target conservation activities in Russenski Lom Nature Park. The cards were created as entry tickets to the park and by buying them, visitors will support the conservation of the park’s endangered animal and plant species. Read more

Featured interviews

Green economy is about respecting nature's boundaries

Lasse Gustavsson, Executive Director, Conservation of WWF International / ©: WWF
Lasse Gustavsson, Executive Director, Conservation of WWF International
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Born in Sweden, Lasse Gustavsson oversees and coordinates WWF’s Global Conservation Programme. Lasse has been engaged in environmental and development issues since his early years and has a lifetime commitment to sustainable development and social change. We caught up with him after the conference 'Saving resources: Moving towards a resource-efficient, green economy in the Danube Region'. Read more

Water stress is becoming a serious issue

Julio Tresierra, EPWS / ©: WWF / Rayna Popova
Julio Tresierra, EPWS
© WWF / Rayna Popova
As part of the Danube PES project Julio Tresierra, coordinator of the global programme for the Payment for watershed services (EPWS) headquartered in the Netherlands, visited Bulgaria. We caught up with him and asked him how he sees the PES schemes in the Danube Basin, which WWF is developing, as well as about the importance of watershed services. Read more

Investing in nature will repay in the future

Tsonka Hristova, Russenski Lom Nature Park, Bulgaria.  / ©: WWF
Tsonka Hristova, Russenski Lom Nature Park, Bulgaria.
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Tsonka Hristova is the Chairwoman of “Friends of Rusenski Lom Nature Park”, the main driving force behind measures to minimize the impact of tourism in Russesnki Lom Nature Park. This association has been working with the WWF Danube PES project team in an effort to protect and maintain the benefits that come from nature in this iconic protected area. Read more

Mainstreaming Payments for ecosystem services is not an objective in itself

Monia Martini, WWF DCPO, Romania. / ©: WWF DCPO
Monia Martini, WWF DCPO, Romania.
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Monia Martini is the Project Manager for Romania of the Danube PES project. Here she answers a few questions about her work and the significance of the Payments for ecosystem services concept. Read more
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This project is implemented by the WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme with the financial support of the GEF through UNEP, and of the European Commission. All content and opinions expressed on these pages are solely those of WWF.

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