Paying foresters to provide ecosystem services

Posted on October, 10 2022

New report by WWF is a contribution to the FSC's work on payment for ecosystem services.
During its last General Assembly in October 2021, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) announced a new roadmap to 2024 to complement and further develop the impact of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) procedure by introducing better tools for ecosystem services marketing, production and to raise engagement.
This report contributes to FSC's work on PES by:
  • Exploring how payments for the ecosystem services generated by forests could lead to positive field projects that help foresters improve management
  • Reflecting on the experience gathered from implementation of the FSC procedure since 2018
  • Suggesting some ways forward that WWF believes can help magnify the impacts of FSC's PES procedure and avoid typical pitfalls of PES
Forests generate many ecosystem services, including carbon storage and sequestration, biodiversity conservation, protection of soils and water quality. Payments for ecosystem services (PES) are voluntary transactions between buyers and sellers. Payments cover the opportunity cost of maintaining or changing management practices in favour of a given ecosystem service.
© Daniel Vallauri