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New SINCERE paper analyses the context for adopting payments for watershed services in various Southern countries

2019-05-15T16:38:31+00:00 May 15th, 2019|Categories: News|

Payments for watershed services (PWS) are an increasingly popular tool for watershed management, also in the Southern Hemisphere. However, the degree of PWS adoption varies across these countries: while frequently represented in Latin America, water-related payment schemes do not exist in large parts of Africa and Asia. The causes for these adoption differences have so far been little discussed. Here we address this knowledge gap with a quantitative cross-national assessment of factors influencing the decision to adopt PWS schemes across tropical countries. Based on hypotheses from the literature, we construct a logistic regression model, testing the explanatory power of [...]

Finding Solutions in Collaboration – Selecting Areas And Increasing Awareness

2019-05-13T15:49:07+00:00 May 13th, 2019|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , |

The Finnish Forest Centre
Realizing the model of paying for landscape and ecosystem services has three critical issues, namely selecting the forest areas to be compensated, organising the fund collection and payments, and increasing awareness of the activities. [...]

Scientific approach to second MAG meeting in Russia

2019-05-13T15:52:16+00:00 May 7th, 2019|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , |

Centre for Forest Ecology and Productivity of the Russian Academy of Science 
For our second MAG meeting, that took place on 29th of March, 2019 in CEPF RAS, Moscow, we chose to change the format drastically, compared to the first one. [...]

Rialb 2021: forests and water, source of life

2019-05-13T15:52:14+00:00 May 7th, 2019|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , , , |

Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia
Centre de Proprietat Forestal
There was great alignment of different stakeholders around the necessity to implement an innovation mechanism to value forest management and its direct relation with the amount and quality of water. [...]

More people and broad debate at the second MAG meeting in Croatia

2019-04-10T18:02:37+00:00 April 10th, 2019|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , |

Public Institution Nature Park Medvednica
Lively discussion took place at Institute for Development and International Relations where we held our second MAG meeting.This time we've invited more stakeholders and we had also representatives from the city  [...]

European experts come together to focus on innovations to improve forest benefits

2019-02-08T17:08:00+00:00 February 8th, 2019|Categories: News|

Involving the right people at the right time is key to the success of any new venture. SINCERE has turned its focus to a broad range of European-level experts and invited their insight and experience on the development of the project’s eleven Case Studies. SINCERE’s diverse collection of innovative actions seek ways in which the forest can benefit people in local communities, while providing forest owners or managers with an incentive to manage their forests to provide these benefits, such as improving water quality, spiritual services, biodiversity protection and increasing recreational value. Finding new ways [...]

Building the foundation for innovation in Flanders, Belgium

2019-05-13T15:52:05+00:00 January 25th, 2019|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , |

Natuurinvest
Innovation can only work when it is conceived to respond to real needs in a specific context, and is supported by those for whom it is developed. In collaboration with the University of Leuven and the Flemish Agency for Nature and Forest, Natuurinvest will test the mechanism of a reverse auction [...]

Mobilising local society to discuss innovative solutions for regional challenges

2019-01-18T23:42:30+00:00 January 18th, 2019|Categories: News|

Making sure that local voices are listened to when it comes to developing innovative solutions for ecosystem services is one of the major components of the SINCERE project. Each of the project’s Innovation Action case studies has identified key local and regional stakeholders with whom to consult on the various innovative mechanisms, which could potentially be implemented in the project’s eleven case studies. These stakeholders, who include forest or land owners and managers, forest users, local authorities, entrepreneurs and forest-owner associations have been invited to form local Multi-Actor Groups (MAG) which will meet four times over the course of [...]

First Multi-Actor Group meeting in Bizkaia

2019-05-13T15:51:21+00:00 January 17th, 2019|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , |

Diputacion Foral de Bizkaia 
Agents from different fields involved with payment for ecosystem services in Bizkaia met within the framework of the SINCERE project. The first MAG meeting of the Bizkaia was organised in collaboration with the Union of Foresters of Southern Europe [...]

Poplar and biodiversity: what challenges lie ahead?

2019-05-13T15:51:16+00:00 January 16th, 2019|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , |

Etifor
Protected areas managers of Eastern Lombardy met at Mincio Regional Park to learn from pratices and to figure out why and how should they take actions to sustain the conservation of their areas. The sinergy between SINCERE and Ecopay Connect 2020, a local project financed[...]