Watershed Valuation Case Studies

Many montane protected areas provide abundant, clean water that is valuable for human consumption, irrigation, hydro-electric production, industrial production, ecological processes and other uses. The intention of watershed valuation projects is to help local actors recognize the importance of these natural areas and take action to protect them, in order to ensure the integrity of this critical environmental service. In 2004, FOS set out to help The Nature Conservancy and its partners document experiences with watershed valuation in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Bolivia, and Ecuador.  The case studies extensively document experiences and lessons learned at and across the sites about the use and effectiveness of watershed valuation as a conservation strategy.