Final Workshop for the Project for Ecosystem Services – ProEcoServ 28-29 September 2015: Final Project Report: Success Stories in Mainstreaming Ecosystem Services into Macro-economic Policy and Land Use Planning: Evidence from Chile, Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa and Viet Nam The Global Synthesis Report, highlights findings of the four-year ProEcoServ, the GEF funded and flagship project of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) focused on the valuation and mainstreaming of ecosystem services into policy design, studied four pilot countries: South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Viet Nam and Chile. Report details ecosystem services of almost one billion dollars annually in the four pilot countries.     Annex Press release with UNEP Executive Director's and GEF CEO's Remarks: English                                                                                                            Spanish                                                                                                            Vietnamese            Final Workshop for the Project for Ecosystem Services (ProEcoServ) UNEP Headquarters, UN Gigiri Complex, Nairobi Kenya 28 to 29 September 2015 The final Workshop for the Project for Ecosystem Services (ProEcoServ) was held on 28 to 29 September at the UNEP Headquarters, UN Gigiri Complex, Nairobi, Kenya. The overall objective of the final workshop was to showcase successful efforts, and lessons learned, by the selected countries in undertaking valuation and accounting of natural capital as well in raising awareness, promoting networking dialogues, and generating political buy-in of the economic perspective on ecosystem management. The workshop was convened as one of the major 2015’s activities of the ESE Unit and consolidates the mission of the Unit in promoting a better integration of ecosystem assessment, scenario development and economic valuation of ecosystem services into sustainable national development planning. Specific objectives of the workshop included: Discuss the major findings of the Project; Sharing of knowledge gaps and challenges; Develop and agree plan for follow-up. The workshop was envisaged to contribute towards further operationalization of natural capital and ecosystem services valuation and the integration of ecosystem services approaches into resource management and decision making, paving the way for future projects within DEPI. Expected outcomes of the Workshop included: Action plan on mainstreaming of natural capital into development decisions; Strategy paper on engagement with donors, private sectors and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) A schematic outline on linkages of natural capital and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) The workshop was attended by ProEcoServ country-teams, technical experts from the Governments of ProEcoServ countries and senior-level officials dealing not only with these issues but also with activities related to Green finance and development planning. The delegates comprised of
Policy Dialogue - Press Release: Governments Unveil New Tools for Savings in Natural Capital and Creating a Green Economy Ha Noi, Viet Nam-29 May 2014. A group of countries has come together to create new pathways for an inclusive green economy. They are gathering in Ha Noi, Viet Nam on 29-30 May to tell their success stories and exchange innovative ideas and research results in a 'Policy Dialogue on Mainstreaming Natural Capital into Development Decisions: Bringing Environment to the Center Stage'. Although the over exploitation of ecosystems has enhanced income, the impact is causing depletion of life supporting services that are essential for physical security (protection against flooding and storms) and the social- cultural aspects of life. "Immediate action is needed to secure the planet's ecosystem services and replenish natural capital. A range of tools and approaches to integrate natural capital into development decisions of countries, especially their poverty reduction strategies, are already available. We also need to integrate these into trade and investment measures, fiscal and monetary policies in order to resolve emerging trade-offs," said Dr Pushpam Kumar, Chief, Ecosystem Services Economics Unit of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Motivating decision makers to use such tools can generate enabling conditions for increased investment in the transition to a green economy and restoration of natural capital. "Mainstreaming natural capital into development decisions recognizes the missing link between economic and environmental policies. Understanding the inter-linkages that exist between natural resource sectors (e.g. forestry and fisheries) with the rest of the economy could potentially provide a compelling case for sustainable resource management," said Nguyen Van Tai, Director General, Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment, (ISPONRE). Findings of the Dialogue will feed into the 4th Greater Mekong Subregion Environment Ministers Meeting to be held in Myanmar in 2015. Host country of the Policy Dialogue, Viet Nam, estimates the value of coastal protection provided by mangroves in Ngoc Hien District, Ca Mau Province averages USD 2,600 per ha per year. Small-island developing state (SIDS), Trinidad and Tobago, approximates the value of Northern Range ecosystem services is USD 497 US million per year (in 2010 and around 2.4% current GDP), and the value of direct economic benefits provided by reef-associated tourism in Tobago was reckoned to be USD 43.5 Million in 2006 (15 per cent of GDP). ProEcoServ pilot countries - from the world's driest desert in Chile to the southernmost reaches of the Mekong Delta in Viet Nam have met a number of milestones and achieved success since the project was launched in 2011. The momentum built over the past three years promises to bolster investment into ecosystem services and integrate them into policy and sustainable development planning. Use of ProEcoServ maps and decision support tools in pilot country have been incorporated into: a new delineation of the main basins and sub-basins of the Comuna of San Pedro de Atacama in Chile; a National Water Resources Strategy in South Africa; a pilot Payment-for-Ecosystem Services/Eco-finance scheme in the Caura Valley in the Northern Range of Trinidad, and national legislation in Viet Nam including its National Strategy for Green Growth and National Strategy for Environmental Protection to 2020, Vision to 2030. ProEcoServ pilot countries South Africa warn that if we do not act now, and if invasive alien plants are not removed, they will continue to spread, eventually using up to 60 per cent of South Africa's water runoff annually. Similarly, ProEcoServ in Trinidad and Tobago cautions that without insect pollinators like bees, cucumber crops in the country would lose between 75 – 100% of their yield. Main organizers of the dialogue are the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Viet Nam, the United Nations En

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