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Implementing Payments for Hydrological Ecosystem Services within the establishment of an Integrated Water Resources Management framework

Hack, Jochen (2015):
Implementing Payments for Hydrological Ecosystem Services within the establishment of an Integrated Water Resources Management framework.
In: Water Week Latinoamerica 2015, Vina del Mar, Chile, 22.3.-27.03.2015, [Online-Edition: http://waterweekla.com/en],
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Abstract

The objective of this contribution is to assess the potential functional role of the environmental policy instrument Payments for Hydrological Ecosystem Services within the concept of Integrated Water Resources Management. Current challenges of implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management are presented and structured using the framework of spatial fit and institutional interplay. The scope and objectives of traditional water resources management instruments are discussed in this context. Then the characteristic features of policy instrument of Payments for Hydrological Ecosystem Services and the typical implementation are analyzed in terms of possible contribution to solve problems of spatial fit and institutional interplay resulting from Integrated Water Resources Management. Nicaragua, a country with a strong commitment to Integrated Water Resources Management, struggles with progress towards Integrated Water Resources Management at both a local and regional level besides important steps with respect to law and policy reforms on the national level have been taken. The experiences from a decade of implementation of locally self-organized Payments for Hydrological Ecosystem Services raise hopes that the implantation process and related actions of these payment schemes contribute to improve the Integrated Water Resources Management progress from the bottom up. The paper discusses conceptual advantages that Payments for Hydrological Ecosystem Services have compared to traditional water resources policy instruments in improving spatial fit and institutional interplay. An empirical analysis of several Payments for Hydrological Ecosystem Services case studies from Nicaragua reveals potential contributions to Integrated Water Resources Management operationalization.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2015
Creators: Hack, Jochen
Title: Implementing Payments for Hydrological Ecosystem Services within the establishment of an Integrated Water Resources Management framework
Language: English
Abstract:

The objective of this contribution is to assess the potential functional role of the environmental policy instrument Payments for Hydrological Ecosystem Services within the concept of Integrated Water Resources Management. Current challenges of implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management are presented and structured using the framework of spatial fit and institutional interplay. The scope and objectives of traditional water resources management instruments are discussed in this context. Then the characteristic features of policy instrument of Payments for Hydrological Ecosystem Services and the typical implementation are analyzed in terms of possible contribution to solve problems of spatial fit and institutional interplay resulting from Integrated Water Resources Management. Nicaragua, a country with a strong commitment to Integrated Water Resources Management, struggles with progress towards Integrated Water Resources Management at both a local and regional level besides important steps with respect to law and policy reforms on the national level have been taken. The experiences from a decade of implementation of locally self-organized Payments for Hydrological Ecosystem Services raise hopes that the implantation process and related actions of these payment schemes contribute to improve the Integrated Water Resources Management progress from the bottom up. The paper discusses conceptual advantages that Payments for Hydrological Ecosystem Services have compared to traditional water resources policy instruments in improving spatial fit and institutional interplay. An empirical analysis of several Payments for Hydrological Ecosystem Services case studies from Nicaragua reveals potential contributions to Integrated Water Resources Management operationalization.

Journal or Publication Title: Conference Proceedings
Divisions: 11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences > Earth Science
11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences > Earth Science > Ecological Engineering
13 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences
13 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences > Institute of Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering
13 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences > Institute of Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering > Engineering Hydrology and Water Management
11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences
Event Title: Water Week Latinoamerica 2015
Event Location: Vina del Mar, Chile
Event Dates: 22.3.-27.03.2015
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2015 19:53
Official URL: http://waterweekla.com/en
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Las realizaciones de esquemas de pago basados en incentivos para apoyar a la gestión y la conservación sostenible de recursos naturales en América Latina han incrementado considerablemente en los últimos tiempos. Mientras la conservación de los recursos naturales e a veces, de segunda importancia, la reducción de pobreza representa el motivo principal de su realización, el potencial de Pagos por Servicios Ambientales (PSA) es posiblemente más grande. Similar al desarrollo de planes de gestión de cuencas el desarrollo de esquemas de pago requieren de una valuación integral de recursos naturales, acciones para formar un conjunto efectivo de políticas, legislación y estructuras financieras, además el establecimiento de instituciones capaces e el refuerzo de instrumentos específicos de gestión. Dado que el establecimiento de planes eficientes de gestión de cuenca, particularmente de dimensión regional o local, en muchos países de América Latina no están en un estado de desarrollo satisfactorio sinergias entre el desarrollo de planes de gestión de cuenca y PSA podrían ser usados para implementar PSA como una estrategia metodológica dentro de la gestión de cuenca. Probabilidades de sostenibilidad en términos de usos de suelo mejorado, participación de grupos de afectados y mecanismos financieras eficientes podrían mejorar. Basado en la teoría de "Institutional Fit and Interplay", este trabajo evalúa diferentes estudios de caso de PSA en cuencas nicaragüenses con el fin de revelar posibles sinergias con el desarrollo de planes de cuenca integrados de nivel regional.Español
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