Forests for water in Catalonia

Centre de Proprietat Forestal (CPF) supported by Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia (CTFC)


This innovation case is strengthening the link between forests and water with the overall aim of diversifying financing sources for forest management by integrating ecosystem service provision into the economic balance sheet.

Work includes integration in the Masterplan for the Rialb Reservoir where different local stakeholders (economic, tourism, water and others) are already working together. The aim is for written recognition in a legal document of the role of forestry in water and landscape conservation, and the recognition of forestry as a potentially relevant economic activity in the area that can be promoted along with tourism. The IA also works with the public Segre-Rialb Consortium to assess the suitability of a payment for ecosystem services scheme in relation to water in the area.


Teresa Baiges Zapater
Centre de Propietat Forestal (CPF)

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Payment for ecosystem services in practice: the Catalan case study is featured as good practice on governance for ecosystem services in an Interreg Europe Progress infographic.


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