The Danube PES Project: E-bulletin, September 2012

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The Danube PES project.
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The Danube PES project has five pilot sites in the Lower Danube area.  rel=
The Danube PES project has five pilot sites in the Lower Danube area.
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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 reader,

It has been six months packed with activities and achievements for the Danube PES project team. In April we organized a successful international workshop – the first of its kind in the region - on PES in International River Basins. In the town of Nisovo, Bulgaria, we welcomed experts from four continents. During this period we also published the report on PES feasibility in Ukraine, making it available in both English and Russian. We also finalized a similar report on Serbia. The findings from the two reports, as well as our project work were presented in Tbilisi, Georgia, at the Sub-regional Workshop on Valuation and Incentive Measures for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, organised in the run-up to this year’s Convention on Biological Diversity. Another big achievement in this period was the official presentation at the Rio + 20 summit of the book The Ecosystem Promise by Meindert Brower, featuring our work in the Lower Danube. The ICPDR officially invited the team to join its Economic Working Group. Last but not least, the project’s mid-term evaluation was carried out, providing us with a much needed critical review of the work we have done so far and giving us useful recommendations.

I hope you enjoy this newsletter.

With many thanks for your interest and cooperation,

Irene Lucius, Project Director

PROMOTING PES IN THE DANUBE BASIN AND BEYOND

LEADING COMPANIES DISCUSS STRATEGIES TO PROTECT FRESHWATER RESOURCES

Business, Water and Wetlands  / ©: © WWF-Canon / Elma Okic
Business, Water and Wetlands
© © WWF-Canon / Elma Okic
The role of the private sector in managing water resources and reducing the negative impact on wetlands was at the centre of a debate during the “Business, Water and Wetlands” forum, organized in parallel to the Ramsar Conference of the Parties.

PES EXPERT WORKSHOP TAKES PLACE IN NISOVO, BULGARIA

PES experts workshop, Danube PES project, Nisovo, Bulgaria / ©: WWF DCPO
PES experts workshop, Danube PES project, Nisovo, Bulgaria
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The PES experts and practitioners from Asia, Africa, Latin America as well as the Danube region shared their experience in designing, communicating, implementing and adapting active PES schemes.

MEMBERS OF THE PROJECT STEERING GROUP DEBATE PROJECT PROGRESS IN NIKOPOL

The third meeting of the Steering Group of the project Promoting Payments for Ecosystem Services ... / ©: WWF DCPO
The third meeting of the Steering Group of the project Promoting Payments for Ecosystem Services and Related Sustainable Financing Schemes in the Danube Basin, 28-30 May in Nikopol, Bulgaria
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Debating pilot schemes that were developed in Bulgaria and Romania as part of the project, was one of the most helpful results of the third steering committee meeting of the Danube PES project.

CIOCANESTI PES SCHEME PRESENTED AT FISHING CONFERENCE

Ciocanesti fish farm, Danube PES project pilot site.  / ©: WWF DCPO
Ciocanesti fish farm, Danube PES project pilot site.
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At the Fishing and Angling Day organised by the Uszent István University in Hungary the project team presented ways of connecting nature conservation to fish farming, outlining the measures at Ciocanesti Fish Farm pilot site.

PES work presented at World Wetlands Day

WWF meeting.  / ©: WWF DCPO
WWF meeting.
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The Danube PES project team presented our work and the model sites of Calarasi and Iezer at a conference organized in collaboration with the Calarasi Agency for Environmental Protection on the ocassion of World Wetlands Day.

WWF’S WATER TRUCK BENEFITS PES

 / ©: Doru Oprisan
© Doru Oprisan
The WWF-branded truck toured Romania, raising awareness of the Danube and the services it provides, other water-related ecosystem services and the ways to protect them.

BELGIAN JOURNALISTS TRIP TO MARAMURES

Belgian journalists visit Maramures, Romania.  / ©: Lies Willaert
Belgian journalists visit Maramures, Romania.
© Lies Willaert
The journalists were put up at one of the guest houses included in the PES scheme and followed the Green Way, learning about PES and nature conservation.

LOCAL SITE WORK

 

AGREEMENT SIGNED FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PES SCHEME IN MARAMURES

 / ©: George Dinicu WWF- DCP
Training de silvicultură în Maramureş
© George Dinicu WWF- DCP
11 representatives of small local tourism related businesses signed a Memorandum of Understanding which commits them to sustainable development programmes at local and national level.

GREEN WAY MAP READY FOR MARAMURES

Green Way map, Maramures.  / ©: WWF DCPO
Green Way map, Maramures.
© WWF DCPO
The nice and easy to handle tourist map is also a fundraising instrument, distributed to all guest houses included in the PES Maramures scheme.

PUBLICATIONS

 

ANALYSIS OF PES POTENTIAL IN UKRAINE

“Economic and institutional analysis of the feasibility of Payments for ecosystem services in ... / ©: WWF DCPO
“Economic and institutional analysis of the feasibility of Payments for ecosystem services in Ukraine” book cover.
© WWF DCPO
“Economic and institutional analysis of the feasibility of Payments for ecosystem services in Ukraine” by Ukrainian expert Oleg Rubel is the most in-depth study of the basis and the potential for introducing PES mechanisms in Ukraine.

THE ECOSYSTEM PROMISE

The Ecosystem Promise  / ©: The Ecosystem Promise
The Ecosystem Promise book cover
© The Ecosystem Promise
Launched at the Rio + 20 summit and featuring the Danube PES project, the book explains the new trend of assigning financial value to nature and payment for the services that nature offers.
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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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