A new book from WCS and IUCN looks at today’s Africa, and how and where wildlife conservation can be a ‘win win’ land use of choice. It features some of the most innovative conservation thinking in Africa today and provides real-world examples of the critical role animal health plays in both environmental conservation and economic development.
This paper analyses the relevance and applicability for Asia of the concept of payments for environmental services at the forest pasture interface of the LEAD-Latin American project "Integrated Silvo-Pastoral Approaches to Ecosystem Management", in terms of land use change, environmental services (especially carbon sequestration) and socio-economic development and; explores the possibilities for the implementation of a benefit sharing payment scheme to compensate farmers for environmental services that can be applied in South East and East Asian countries. The introduction of direct payments for environmental services provided by improved silvo-pastoral systems is highly relevant in Southeast and East Asia for certain agro-ecological zones. The socio, economic and political differences of both regions indicate that for South East and East Asian countries it will be necessary the development of the benefit sharing mechanism for environmental services in communal lands together with the development and strengthening of the institutional, legislative and policy framework.