Designing “Pro-Poor” Rewards for Ecosystem Services – LTC forum April 7-8

Designing “Pro-Poor” Rewards for Ecosystem Services is the theme of the Land Tenure Center Spring Forum April 7-8. All events are free but some require preregistration by March 31. To register and find details on speakers and presentations, go to the forum website at

Using cash or other incentives, global organizations and national governments are rewarding local land users to protect ecosystems. Known as “Rewards for Ecosystem Services,” this strategy has rapidly increased in the past decade in an attempt to help save the environment while also fighting poverty in rural areas where most people rely heavily on environmental resources to live.

The Land Tenure Center forum brings experts from around the world to discuss innovative strategies to reward local ecosystem stewards, particularly in areas of persistent poverty and high biodiversity.

Among the featured presentations:

  • An opening address by Dr. Daniel Bromley (Anderson-Bascom Professor, Agricultural and Applied Economics, UW-Madison): “Incentive-Compatible Institutional Design: Who’s in Charge Here?” Monday, April 7th, 8:30 a.m.
  • A keynote address by McArthur Fellow Dr. Lisa Curran (Yale University): “From Timber to Palm Oil: Effects of Bornean Land Use Change on Carbon Emissions, Rural Livelihoods and Biodiversity.” Monday, 4:30 p.m. A public reception follows.

Curran’s talk will be held in 180 Science Hall, 550 North Park St. All other forum events will be held in the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St. Forum events are free and most are open to the public, but seating at the Pyle Center is limited and pre-registration for events there is requested.

The Land Tenure Center works to improve environmental sustainability in developing countries, where extraordinary biological and cultural diversity often coincide with poverty. We stress local collaboration and a multi-disciplinary approach to research and training. The Land Tenure Center is part of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.