PESFOR-W: Improving the design and environmental effectiveness of woodlands for water Payments for Ecosystem Services

Valantin, G. and Abildtrup, J. and Accastello, C. and Savoska, Snezana (2017) PESFOR-W: Improving the design and environmental effectiveness of woodlands for water Payments for Ecosystem Services. Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO), 3 (13828).

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3897/rio.3.e13828

Abstract

The EU Water Framework Directive aims to ensure restoration of Europe’s water bodies to “good ecological status” by 2027. Many Member States will struggle to meet this target, with around half of EU river catchments currently reporting below standard water quality. Diffuse pollution from agriculture represents a major pressure, affecting over 90% of river basins. Accumulating evidence shows that recent improvements to agricultural practices are benefiting water quality but in many cases will be insufficient to achieve WFD objectives. There is growing support for land use change to help bridge the gap, with a particular focus on targeted tree planting to intercept and reduce the delivery of diffuse pollutants to water. This form of integrated catchment management offers multiple benefits to society but a significant cost to landowners and managers. New economic instruments, in combination with spatial targeting, need to be developed to ensure cost effective solutions – including tree planting for water benefits - are realised. Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) are flexible, incentive-based mechanisms that could play an important role in promoting land use change to deliver water quality targets. The PESFOR-W COST Action will consolidate learning from existing woodlands for water PES schemes in Europe and help standardize approaches to evaluating the environmental effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of woodland measures. It will also create a European network through which PES schemes can be facilitated, extended and improved, for example by incorporating other ecosystem services linking with aims of the wider forests-carbon policy nexus.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Agricultural Sciences > Agriculture, forestry and fisheries
Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Natural sciences > Earth and related environmental sciences
Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Engineering and Technology > Industrial biotechnology
Divisions: Faculty of Information and Communication Technologies
Depositing User: Prof. d-r. Snezana Savoska
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2020 13:44
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2020 13:44
URI: http://eprints.uklo.edu.mk/id/eprint/5455

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