PES: Bridging the Gap between Social Protection and Climate Change Mitigation
Payments for Environmental Services (PES) are increasingly used to incentivize individual and community engagement in climate mitigation. The schemes are akin to conditional cash transfers (CCT), with the conditionality of providing well-defined environmental services. While both the academic literature and operational design of PES and CCTs have largely been separate, understanding if they can be combined to tackle climate change (SDG13) and food security (SDG2) simultaneously could present a natural and potentially transformative avenue for collaboration across the social protection and environment sectors.
The Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) has tackled the question in a research program imbedded in the Burkina Faso CIF Forest Investment Program (FIP), over the past four years, in partnership with the Climate Investment Fund (CIF), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the World Bank Group (WBG), the Tilburg Sustainability Center, and the Government of Burkina Faso. This seminar summarizes the findings so far and prompt discussions from the audience on the implications of the study results for synergies between social protection and climate mitigation operations in developing countries.