Bringing people together to sustainably manage their forest landscapes in Asia.

Environmental goods and services

Exploring Environmental Goods and Services (EGS) Provided by Forests

Forest landscapes provide a valuable range of natural ecosystem services that are essential to the functioning and sustainability of the planet—for example, clean water, air and the decomposition of waste. Establishing the value of ecosystem services provided by forests is essential for:large_DSC_9052

  • Portraying a forest’s true value, and therefore increasing desirability for its conservation
  • Valuation or payment for environmental services (PES)
  • Increasing awareness that ecosystem services are not only under threat and limited but that the pressure to evaluate trade-offs between immediate and long-term needs is critical
  • Promoting transdisciplinary shifts in how we think about and manage the environment, business opportunities and our future as a species
  • Helping to inform decision-makers of the value of conservation efforts
  • Creating opportunities for rural or remote forest dependent communities

The Model Forest approach is well suited to involve local stakeholders and communities in the development of EGS programs. Treating local stakeholders as investors provides a long-term interest in the project and helps ensure that unplanned resource extraction remains highly improbable. If the program is designed in collaboration with the local community, project developers can also benefit from local knowledge to improve the biodiversity conservation and permanence of the project. By catering to different requirements of participating community members, project developers are ensuring more successful programs.

The members of the RMFN–Asia have agreed that EGS projects are a priority for the region, particularly in the context of opportunities for livelihood improvement and biodiversity conservation.