Guidance on designing appropriate and cost-effective forests for water payment schemes that support tree planting and forest management to protect and improve water quality.

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The aim of this document is to provide guidance on designing appropriate and cost-effective forests for water payment schemes that support tree planting and forest management to protect and improve water quality.

The PESFOR-W COST Action has published this detailed user manual as one of the main outputs of the project. The guide is structured by the main steps involved in establishing a payment scheme, starting with identifying the water issues and how tree planting and forest management can help, managing potential disbenefits, exploring multiple benefits, followed by scheme design, monitoring and communication. It is applicable to all actors involved in sustainable water management, farming and forestry, from policy makers, catchment planners and land managers, to private investors, practitioners and local communities. Applying this guidance will provide a common language and framework to help ensure schemes are successful in delivering water and other ecosystem services, while minimising possible trade-offs (such as the potential for tree planting to reduce water resources).

Lead Author

Thomas, R. Nisbet – Forest Research, Alice Holt Lodge,
Wrecclesham, Farnham GU10 4LH, United Kingdom.

Contributing authors (alphabetic order)

  • Maria-Beatrice Andreucci – Department of Planning, Design, Technology of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.
  • Rik De Vreese – Independent researcher and consultant in Urban Forestry and Ecosystem Services, Ghent, Belgium.
  • Lars Högbom – the Forestry Research Institute of Sweden (Skogforsk), Uppsala Science Park, 751 83 Uppsala. Sweden.
  • Sonja Kay – Agroscope, Research Division Agroecology and Environment, Research group Agricultural Landscapes and Biodiversity, 8046 Zurich, Switzerland
  • Mary Kelly-Quinn – School of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
  • Alessandro Leonardi – Etifor | Valuing Nature, Padova University Spin-off, Piazza A. De Gasperi 41 – 35131 Padova (PD), Italy
  • Mariyana I. Lyubenova – University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Department of Ecology and Environmental Protection, 8 D. Tzancov blvd., 1164 Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • Paola Ovando Pol – The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen AB15 8QH, United Kingdom.
  • Paula Quinteiro – Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), Department of Environment and Planning, University of Aveiro, Portugal.
  • Ignacio Pérez Silos – Environmental Hydraulics Institute, Universidad de Cantabria, C/ Isabel Torres nº15, Parque Científico y Tecnológico de Cantabria, 39011, Santander, Spain.
  • Gregory Valatin – Forest Research, Alice Holt Lodge, Wrecclesham, Farnham GU10 4LH, United Kingdom.