LESTARI supports leveraging innovative financing opportunities for sustainable land and forest management. LESTARI is exploring Payment for Environmental Services (PES) as one such mechanism that incentivizes the stewards of land to conserve and manage natural resources sustainably.
To support this strategy, LESTARI held a PES workshop in Pulang Pisau, Central Kalimantan on September 28-29, 2016. The purpose of the workshop was to introduce the concept of PES to all stakeholders, identify the potential for PES, and rapidly assess the feasibility of developing a PES scheme in Pulang Pisau. The workshop also aimed to pilot a PES Feasibility Toolkit that is currently being designed by LESTARI, which will be available in early 2017. The toolkit will help non-experts to rapidly assess the feasibility of a PES scheme in Indonesia.
The workshop was conducted with the MSF and enjoyed active participation and enthusiasm from all attendees, including women. Some important follow-up items include the establishment of a PES working group under the MSF, more thorough identification of PES potential by the PES working group, and supporting the development of a PES-related local government regulation.