Payment for ecosystem services: An idea whose time has come for marine resource management?

Tundi’s Take: Payments for ecosystem services should be done in tandem with ocean zoning

By Tundi Agardy, MEAM Contributing Editor.

Payment for ecosystem services (PES) is one of my favorite EBM approaches, in part because it offers the potential to generate significant new funding streams for conservation and management.  Furthermore, if PES is paired with ocean zoning – as I propose it should be – the two approaches can generate some very mutually beneficial outcomes.  In my view this is a marriage of convenience, and perhaps even necessity.