The Payments for Environmental Services
Thursday January 20, from 10am to 12:30pm, the Changes in Agriculture Chair of the Ecole Supérieure d’Agriculture d’Angers (ESA) organizes a workshop-conference at the Roullier Endowment Fund, on the theme “Payments for Environmental Services (PES): how to build new markets between farmers and businesses?”
The Payments for Environmental Services in Agriculture pay farmers for actions that help restore or preserve ecosystems, which benefit society (soil carbon storage, protection of landscapes and their biodiversity, preservation of water quality, etc.). These economic measures, which direct farmers towards more virtuous behaviour from an environmental point of view, are also an opportunity to diversify their incomes.
Who is involved ?
The PES engage on the one hand funders (companies, associations, public actors such as local authorities or community managers), on the other hand farmers considered as suppliers of an environmental service. New links are then created, with economic actors in or outside the territories or agri-food sectors. The first experiences of PSE show that building these relationships is not self-evident.
This workshop-conference proposes to explore, through the diversity of the PES systems implemented, the challenges of the relationship between farmers and buyers of these services. What are their respective expectations? How to create and animate new links between actors in the territory?
These are the questions and many others that will be answered in the course of the morning.
- The economist Pierre Dupraz (SMART-LERECO, INRAE), after describing the context of the emergence of Payments for Environmental Services, will explain how they complement the range of tools responding to the challenges of the agro-ecological transition and the CSR policies of companies, then analyse their complexity of implementation and how they redefine the role of public and private actors in the deployment of environmental measures.
- A round table moderated by Bertille Thareau, sociologist (Chair of Agricultural Mutations, ESA) will then highlight how project leaders mobilize and engage different stakeholders around environmental services, and how these arrangements organize and transform the relationships between farmers and buyers (or funders).
With the participation of: Carine Chassé, Farmer in Piré sur Seiche, contributor to the PES project «Carabes et Canopée» developed with LabPSE; Sandra Delaunay, Project Manager at Trame, in charge of the support of local multi-actors groups for the assembly of PSE in the LabPSE program, Michel Dauton, retired farmer, president of Solenat and Stéphane Galibert, CEO of YesWimmo, sponsor within Solenat.
Replay the workshop
This event sparked dynamic exchanges between its various stakeholders – economists, sociologists, project promoters and stakeholders (farmers, business leaders, associations) – and the public, who responded behind its screen.
Did you miss it? No worries, you can now watch the workshop directly in replay on the Youtube Channel of the ESA of Angers.