Planning Workshop on Payment Mechanisms for Rangelands Provisioning Ecosystem Goods and Services - Testing and Piloting


Announcement and Call for Papers

Workshop Organizers:

Chengdu Institute of Biology (CIB); Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS); International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)


Sichuan Grassland Society (SGS), China

Background and Objectives

Rangelands account for more than 60% of the land cover in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. They comprise a mix of woodlands, open grasslands, and wetland habitat offering valuable natural resources. These rangelands also provide varied ecosystem services:

  • regulating services such as the control of climate and disease;
  • provisioning services such as the production of food, feed, and clean drinking water;
  • supporting services such as nutrient cycles and crop pollination; and
  • cultural services such as spiritual and recreational benefits.

The development of payment for ecosystem services (PES) programmes or markets for ecosystem services is increasingly considered an important approach to solving global environmental challenges. At the same time, the PES approach provides individuals and communities with financial incentives for resource use decisions that increase the provision of ecosystem services. PES initiatives provide reward mechanisms for ecosystem services provided by the rangelands and maintained by pastoral communities.

The main objectives of the workshop are

  • to discuss and update understanding on ecosystem services and PES;
  • to discuss the benefits and risks of an ecosystem services approach to rangeland conservation and development;
  • to discuss how policy makers can be sensitized about ecosystem services programmes to achieve environmental and economic benefits for pastoral development;
  • to share Chinese experiences on rangeland protection and PES mechanisms with ICIMOD’s Regional Member Countries;
  • to develop clear recommendations for a future programmatic intervention.

Target participants

  • Development and conservation practitioners
  • Representatives of local and international non-governmental organizations
  • Scientists

ICIMOD will only sponsor participants selected by the organizing committee. Self-financed international participants are also welcome.


The workshop will include keynote addresses from recognized experts in the field, selected paper presentations chosen on the basis of submitted abstracts, and in-depth working sessions. A one-day field trip will be organized to visit nearby grass production and animal husbandry sites.

The three days will be structured as follows:

  • Day 1 (18 June, 2012): official opening, presentations, discussions, reception dinner
  • Day 2 (19 June, 2012): group work, recommendations and policy messages, general discussion and synthesis
  • Day 3 (20 June, 2012): field visit with discussions on PES mechanism issues

Workshop Venue

The workshop will be hosted by the Chengdu Institute of Biology (CIB), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Sichuan, China.


The operating language of the Workshop will be English

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Authors wishing to have a paper considered for the planning workshop should submit an abstract by 30 April 2012.

The file should contain the following information:

  • Title of paper
  • Name, address, and email address
  • Name and institutional affiliation of paper presenter and co-author(s)
  • Abstract of maximum one page in font Times New Roman, size 11 pt
  • 5–6 keywords

You will be notified whether your paper has been accepted for presentation at the workshop by 15 May 2012. Each presentation will have a maximum length of 20 minutes. Finally, the selected abstract should be developed into a full paper after the workshop; the proceedings will be compiled by ICIMOD and sent to you.

Abstracts must be submitted via email to:

Abdul Wahid Jasra: ; or
Muhammad Ismail: ; or
Srijana Joshi Rijal:

Organizing Committee

  • Wu Ning, Programme Manager, ICIMOD
  • Zhao Xin-quan, Director, CIB
  • GS Rawat, Deputy Programme Manager, ICIMOD
  • Abdul Wahid Jasra, Team leader RRM, ICIMOD
  • Zhang Xin-quan, Director, SGS
  • Muhammad Ismail, Assistant Research Officer, ICIMOD
  • Zhang Yong-mei, Division Head, CIB
  • Yan Zhaoli, Rangeland specialist, Associate Professor CIB
  • Srijana Joshi Rijal, RRM, ICIMOD
  • Ritu Meher Shrestha, RRM, ICIMOD
  • Gu Min-xuan, Foreign Affairs Officer, CIB
  • Liu Lin, Sichuan Agriculture University, SGS
  • Chen Wei, Ph.D. candidate, CIB

Important Deadline:

Submission of Abstract: 30 April 2012

If you have any further queries, please contact
Muhammad Ismail at