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11 Sep 2013 | News

Valuating ecosystem services in Koshi River Basin

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A joint research team from CICEROGRID-Arendal, ICIMOD, and other partners within the Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP) has initiated fieldwork on valuation of ecosystem services in the Koshi River Basin (KRB). A number of in-field stakeholder discussions helped deduce a possible mechanism for implementation of Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) in the KRB.

While water was identified as a major ecosystem service in the basin, communities identified forest as a major contributor to water resource conservation and emphasized conserving and managing water sources through better management of forest once the PES mechanism is established.

Exercise on Community Resource Mapping, Photo: CICERO/Bob van Oort

Water is a major ecosystem service considered under the PES mechanism in both upstream and downstream areas of the Koshi River. In the Shardu watershed in downstream Koshi, the rural-urban linkage is instrumental in setting up a PES mechanism linking Dharan municipality and the water supply corporation.

Cultural and religious services will be considered at later stages while finalizing the valuation of ecosystem services.

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