Katoomba XV - Ghana

Regional Katoombas: East and South Africa2008 PES Assessments and Case Studies

Between January 2008 and June 2008, The East and Southern African Katoomba Group embarked on an assessment of:

  1. existing payment for ecosystem service (PES) deals that could be expanded or replicated in other sites, and
  2. promising potential sites for broadening and deepening either:
    1. engagement in environmental markets (most notably international carbon markets) and/or
    2. application of the payments for ecosystem services (PES) in the region. 

The purpose the assessment was to improve the understanding of the development and potential for PES initiatives in select countries within the East and Southern Africa region and to explore “proof of concept” related to PES applications within the region. The end goal is to contribute both to conservation and rural economic development, including poverty alleviation objectives.


The methodology was comprised of four primary steps, which included:

NEW! 2008 Inventories for each of the countries may be download below

If you would like to request additional information about an assessment, or have information that would be useful to us in this project, please contact Alice Ruhweza at aruhweza@forest-trends.org.

2005 PES Assessments and Case Studies

In 2005, Forest Trends developed a country-level inventory protocol to assess existing PES deals in Africa. This PES inventory was conducted in Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa in 2005; and in Tanzania and Madagascar in 2006. These inventories were designed to highlight the status of PES projects in the region and the gaps that need to be addressed in order to expand PES throughout the region. (For a detailed inventory protocol, please download the Guide to Conducting Country-Level Inventories of Current Ecosystem Service Payments, Markets, and Capacity Building
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One of the most important findings is that PES projects are already widespread in the region. The inventories catalogue no fewer than 17 carbon projects, 18 biodiversity projects and 10 water projects. Money has already exchanged hands in 5 carbon projects, 2 biodiversity projects and 2 water projects. In addition, there are several projects that are already offering non-monetary compensation, especially in the case of biodiversity-based projects. For a full review of the region, please see the Current ‘State of Play’ of Carbon, Water, and Biodiversity Markets for an overview of Inventory findings.

2005 Inventories for each of the countries may be download below