Responsible aquaculture in Ciocăneşti, Romania
Posted on 11 June 2013
A PES study in Ciocăneşti, Romania
Biodiversity is a public good, but necessities related to biodiversity are often overlooked or underestimated to the advantage of narrow economic arguments, until basic environmental conditions are undermined; thus, the vital role of biodiversity in delivering specific benefits to us all, also known as “ecosystem services”, is being compromised.
WWF chose a pilot area located in Calarasi County, in the south of Romania and set out to demonstrate how public funds can be used efficiently to stimulate sustainable economic development by supporting the integration of conservation activities that improve the quality of the environment into private operations; a win-win situation for biodiversity and business alike, with positive effects on the local community too. This is known as a Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) scheme.