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How can payments help manage watersheds sustainably and fairly? Phase 3 workplan for an action learning process in South Africa



Deveoping markets for watershed protection services and improved livelihoods - South Africa Phase 3 workplan 2005 to 2006. The goal of this project is to increase the understanding of the potential for market-based approaches to address the provision of watershed protection services and to improve livelihoods by designing and employing such instruments where and when appropriate. The specific outputs of this phase, phase 3, are the following: Best practice for watershed services established, documented and disseminated to key stakeholders in South Africa. Baseline information, key constraints and opportunities for the development of payments for watershed services identified, analyzed and documented. Pro-poor payments for watershed services tested in two selected pilot sites. Effective project management established and maintained. A previous phase (March 2003 to October 2004) of the project reviewed the potential for markets or payments for watershed services in five countries, including South Africa. The current phase of the project is based around the concept of “action-learning.” This means that partner organizations will use facilitate payments for watershed services in selected or pilot sites. However a crucial aspect of the approach is that the partners and key stakeholders regularly take time out from implementation / facilitation to reflect on the progress made and share these experiences with a wider pool of interested persons and organizations. A critical element of the project is that the lessons that can be learned from the experiences of the different participating country level partners. The alternative is that the project develops a set of interesting, yet unlinked case studies.

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  • IIED code: G00384
  • Published: Mar 2005 - IIED
  • Area: South Africa
  • Theme: Water
  • Language: English

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