Year: 2004 – 2006
Funded by: International Institute for Environment & Development (IIED)
Amount: 480 000 USD
Project purpose: To create capacity in national and local institutions to assess the potential of market-based instruments to enhance watershed protection services and improve livelihoods, and to design and employ such instruments when appropriate.
In January 2004, CANARI launched a two and a half year project to examine and test the use of markets and incentives to improve the quality and delivery of watershed services (such as water production,minimising soil erosion, reducing landslides, flood control and biodiversity protection) for the purpose of improving local livelihoods, especially for the poor. The project builds on national diagnostic studies carried out in 2002 to assess experience in the use of markets and incentives as tools for watershed management and interest in the potential for exploring the concept further.
The project was part of a larger global project entitled, “Developing markets for watershed protection services and improved livelihoods” which was implemented by the IIED with support from the United Kingdom Government’s Department of International Development (DFID).
To optimise the direct and indirect benefits provided by watersheds to upstream communities, downstream users, and the wider society, with particular emphasis on the poor and vulnerable communities.
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