Using ecosystem valuation to protect the Atlantic Rainforest: the case of the Oasis Project
The article explores the Oasis Project, which is a payment for ecosystem services program that aims to protect the Atlantic Forest in Brazil. The program was established in 1990 in response to the destruction of the forest. The Oasis Project aims to provide drinking water to approximately 17 million in the Sao Paulo metropolitan region by financially compensating landowners engaged in maintaining forest cover in their proprieties.
Goals & Methods
The goal of the study is to identify benefits, challenges, and lessons learned from the Oasis project. Since the project had not been previously evaluated, the author relied primarily on field research and interviews with individuals from universities, NGOs, and law institutions connected to land tenure.
Conclusions & Takeaways
The author indicates that the Oasis Project is a credible initiative of payment for ecosystem services, and may be used as a successful example for other conservation actions.
Using Ecosystem Valuation to Protect the Atlantic Rainforest: The Case of the Oasis Project. Society & Natural Resources. 2011;24:1096–1104. doi:10.1080/08941921003733864..
- Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Singapor