About Us: Capacity Building

Strengthening the understanding of rural and indigenous peoples on PES and REDD+ is critical in order to ensure their ability to influence emerging policy around environmental markets and to make informed decisions regarding their participation in PES projects.

Forest Trends has already delivered community-level PES capacity-building trainings in Brazil, Peru, Central America, Ghana and Uganda, reaching hundreds of community leaders and other stakeholders, co-organized by a network of experienced and respected local NGOs.  These workshops introduce participants to basics of climate change and ecosystem services, explain the logic behind payment for ecosystem service (PES) projects, present examples of where and how PES is being implemented regionally, explain REDD and how it is developing at the international and national levels, the potential risks and benefits associated with PES/REDD schemes, the free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) process, and introduces the basic components of PES project development at the community level, including elements of PES/REDD contracts.

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