Partnership implemented in
  • China
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Nepal
  • Philippines
  • Viet Nam

Additional information
Partnership on the Program for Developing Mechanisms to Reward the Upland Poor in Asia for Environmental Services They Provide (RUPES)


Government of Indonesia - Government of Indonesia
Government of Philippines - Government of Philippines
Government of Sweden - Swedish Internationall Development Agency (SIDA)
Government of United States of America - United States Agency for Int'l Development (USAID)
Government of Viet Nam - Government of Vietnam
Government Department for International Development

Major Groups:
World Agrofrestry Centre (Indonesia)
Center for International Forestry Research(CIFOR) (Australia)
Economy & Environment Program for S.E. Asia, IDRC (Canada)
Int'l Inst. for Environment and Development (IIED) (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
World Resources Institute (WRI) (United States of America)
Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) (United States of America)
Local NGOs in pilot sites ()
Local farmers groups in pilot sites ()

UN System:
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) (Italy)
Int'l Fund for Agriculture Development (Italy)
UNDP Small Grants Program (United States of America)

Other intergovernmental organizations:
European Union (EU) (Belgium)
IUCN - The World Conservation Union (Switzerland)

Bogor Agricultural University (Indonesia)
Brawijaya University (Indonesia)
Leyte State University (Philippines)
University of the Philippines at Los Banos (Philippines)
Chiang Mai University (Thailand)
Hue University (Viet Nam)

Partnership Overview | Objectives

Institutional mechanisms will be developed for recognising and rewarding environmental services generated by upland poor communities who implement sustainable production systems. New methods for transfer payments to upland communities will tested and monitored through action research; working models or best practices of successful environmental transfer payments adapted to the Asian context will be built.

The Program will develop an international partnership/consortium of research and development institutions, local community groups, government institutions, national and international NGOs, the private sector and funding institutions to create the knowledge to deploy rewards to upland, poor, communities who supply environmental services. The rewards for environmental services may include: secure land rights, secure resource user rights; access to markets; public infrastructure; revenues from environmental trust funds and carbon credits; financial incentives. Payments for environmental services by beneficiaries may include: payments to trust funds; user fees for recreation, hydropower and watershed protection; payments for carbon credits; budget allocation by national and local governments for environmental protection.

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