About us - Origin of EAFPES

EAFPES was formed in November 2009 in Mombasa, Kenya, in response to a growing interest of network to promote PES principles region. Founding members included government agencies, NGO’s and community groups interested in promoting PES in Eastern Africa. EAFPES is now open for membership to all stakeholders interested in coastal and marine ecosystems. The startup funds for EAFPES was through a National Environmental Research Council of the United Kingdom(NERC) funded project Capacity Building for Mangrove Assessment, Restoration and Valuation in East Africa – (CAMARV)

The project aimed to develop research capacity needed to deliver, and learn from, poverty reduction and conservation projects that utilise market based approaches such as Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES).  In addition, recent policy developments, such as the REDD+ (reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) provisions from Bali, present enormous opportunities for poor communities to realise capital from ecosystem services.

EAFPES was thus formed as network of interested members from a range of organizations - including government bodies, NGOs, and community groups – interested in promoting PES in Eastern Africa. EAFPES is open for membership to all stakeholders of coastal ecosystems and also PES initiatives in the region. The EAFPES Secretariat is hosted at Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute.

 

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