Newsletter Invaluable N°3
As the INVALUABLE project is almost entering its last year (end of the project in June 2015), all partners are busy finalising data collection and analysis. Building on its extensive and in-depth work on market-based instruments for biodiversity conservation, the project will start disseminating results and messages in different arenas. In August this year, INVALUABLE partners will organise a oneday special session at the conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE) to be held in Iceland, August 13-15. Research presented will include analysis of biodiversity conservation payments in Mexico and environmental incentive programs in Costa Rica, reforestation investment plans in Guatemala, monitoring protocols for payments for ecosystem services in Uganda, but also agro-environmental measures in Europe in Baden-Württemberg and the Walloon region, offset banking initiatives, and others. All these studies stream from the project’s second work package (WP2), which aims at assessing impacts of several market-based instruments, in particular payments for environmental services, with an harmonized and coordinated set of evaluation criteria, questions and methodologies. Focusing on two European cases, this newsletter displays some of these results to be publicly presented at ISEE.
Besides, INVALUABLE partners will join forces with other similar research initiatives during a workshop organised by the Pesmix project in Montpellier, June 11-13. This will allow building a platform so as to discuss, compare and share ideas about best policies for maintaining ecosystems, their practicalities, feasibility and impacts at the international, national and local levels.
The project will further engage with important stakeholders beyond the academic community. Building on the BiodivERsA Stakeholder Engagement Toolkit, we are ready to convey policy-relevant messages and discuss with civil society (see interview page 3). Such engagement was already started last December 2013 in Barcelona, where the INVALUABLE project co-funded a methodological workshop in order to discuss and promote impact evaluation in the field of conservation. The 3-day workshop allowed highprofile researchers, including INVALUABLE partners, to extensively meet with decision-makers within donor agencies and practitioners from big international NGOs and agree on the necessity to better integrate on-going assessment of impacts within project management.
This Newsletter is organized as follows:
- Results: Agro-environmental measures in Belgium
- Interview: Emma Durham (JNCC) reports on the BiodivERsA Stakeholder Engagement initiative
- Methods: Challenges ahead in impact evaluation
- Results: Offsetting through eco-accounts in Germany
- Stakeholder engagement: OECD work on finance for biodiversity
- Partners’ publications