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Pagamento por Serviços Ambientais (PSA) como Instrumento de Política de Desenvolvimento Sustentável dos Territórios Rurais: O Projeto Protetor Das Águas de Vera Cruz, RS

Author(s): Jorge Luiz Amaral de Moraes

Journal: Sustentabilidade em Debate
ISSN 2177-7675

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 43;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Pagamento por serviços ambientais | PSA | Desenvolvimento sustentável | Desenvolvimento dos territórios rurais | Payment for Environmental Services | PES | Sustainable Development | Development of rural territories

To contribute to the debate around the role of the programs of Payment for Environmental Services (PES) for sustainable development, this work has as main objective to identify the potential of PES as an instrument of public policy for sustainable development of rural territories. The paper presents a brief theoretical review of PES, the main features of some programs Brazilian PES and presentation and prospects of the project “Protetor das Águas”, which has beenrunning in the city of Vera Cruz-RS, with the aim of contributing to the protection of sources of sub-basin of the Arroio Andreas, rewarding family farmers. Despite the very early stage, the expectations of the project are very optimistic, because most of the family owners of the sub-basin have shown interest in participating in the project. The PES programs contribute to the sustainable development of rural territories because they open space for the formation and expansion of productive systems agroecological and tourism, generating income and employment opportunities in these territories.
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