Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Toolbox

Case Details

Watershed markets

The services that watersheds provide – such as quantity and quality of water – are decreasing, yet demand for these services is increasing. Can market mechanisms help to increase these services by offering incentives for improved land use in catchment areas? Can such mechanisms also bring benefits to poor people living in those catchments such that their livelihoods are enhanced? Based on evidence from a range of field sites, this project is generating much debate on how markets can bring most benefit to both watershed services and those living in watershed areas. On this site you can view and and download a number of case studies from affected regions, and a detailed analysis of the results of those studies.
Type of Case
International Institute for Environment and Development
Forest Type
All forest types (natural and planted)
Primary Designated Function
Protection of soil and water