Payment environmental services
The PSA (Pago Servicios Ambientales) system of the Ministry of Environment MINAE was introduced in 1996 with the new Forestry Law No. 7575. Owners of forests and plantations in certain priority areas are entitled to claim a compensation for the environmental services which their trees render. These services are categorized as conservation of scenic beauty, carbon sequestration, preservation of biodiversity and water resources. To date, some 360,000 hectares have already benefitted from the program.
Ample information on this subject is available with FONAFIFO, the entity which adimisters the scheme: http://www.fonafifo.go.cr
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