This study firstly aims to provide an introduction to the relatively new concept of linking payment for ecosystem services (PES) with climate change adaptation strategies, within the context of southern Africa. a. The study is one of a series of Knowledge for Adaptation titles published by the RCCP.

The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA) defines ecosystem services (ES) as ‘the benefits people obtain from ecosystems’ (Biggs et al., 2004). Human well-being and survival is dependent on the ecosystems in which we live and which support our food production and many forms of economic activity.

RECOMMENDED CITATION Chesterman, S. & Hope, E. 2012, Payment for ecosystem services: a climate change adaptation strategy for southern Africa. For the Regional Climate Change Programme for Southern Africa (RCCP), UK Department for International Development (DFID). Cape Town: OneWorld Sustainable Investment

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