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This report synthesizes the country studies on payments for environmental services (PES) schemes in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam – that were prepared for a regional review – to compare the various schemes, to assess their current status, implementation processes and lessons learned, and to draw policy recommendations relevant to REDD+. A summary discussion of the definitions of PES is provided, given that the definitional issue is raised in the individual reports. That discussion is used to present a comprehensive framework of the key design features of PES, which is then used to outline the features of the PES schemes in the four country studies before presenting a comparison of their key features and issues. Then, the key lessons learnt from the country studies and this review, as well as the policy recommendations relevant to REDD+, are derived.

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Field Value
Document type Analysis, discussion papers, and blogs
Language of document
  • English
  • Climate change
  • Environment and natural resources
  • Environmental and biodiversity protection
  • Forests and forestry
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Cambodia
  • Viet Nam
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Thailand
Copyright Yes
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© 2015 Center for International Forestry Research. Content in this publication is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0),

Version / Edition 1.0
License CC-BY-4.0

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Author (individual) Tacconi, Luca
Publication place Indonesia
Publisher Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
Publication date 2015
Pagination 28 p.
Date uploaded July 9, 2015, 08:26 (UTC)
Date modified July 9, 2015, 08:31 (UTC)