Enhancement of watershed management in Tanzania using PESDES

Baya, B., 2018, [Groningen]: University of Groningen, SOM research school. 269 p.

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  • Bonaventure Baya
There is growing awareness that Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) contribute to sustainable development. Integrating PES in watershed interventions has enormous potential to encourage and finance conservation efforts among conservers. The inspiration for this research was prompted by the need to improve watershed management by using PES schemes. The research was conducted in the existing pilot PES schemes in Tanzania (Morogoro and Tanga). Following a design science research philosophy, an engaged scholarship paradigm and the “ways of” framework a Payment for Ecosystem Services Decision Enhancement Studio (PESDES) is developed and evaluated. The PESDES provides actors’ guides as recipes to facilitate stakeholders’ capacities as they collaborate and make their decisions. The PESDES enables stakeholders to collaborate and share knowledge that is useful for enhancing decision making. The studio consists of four suites: membership, awareness, facilitation & incentive and competition suites all of which facilitate watershed stakeholders’ collaboration and decision making. The membership suite enables actors to register and access PESDES website. The awareness suite familiarise PESDES users with PES issues. The facilitation and incentive suite provides identity and accountabilities of various actors and modalities for compensating conservation efforts. The competition suite promotes actors’ interaction and competitions to improve conservation. The PESDES was instantiated and evaluated by stakeholders. Evaluation results indicate that PESDES is perceived as useful and usable in providing support to watershed stakeholders’ collaboration and decision making processes to improve watershed management. This research contributes to both theory and practice.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Sol, H, Supervisor
  • Mbwette, T., Supervisor, External person
  • Berghout, Egon, Assessment committee
  • Satta, T., Assessment committee, External person
  • Thissen, W.A.H. , Assessment committee, External person
Award date4-Oct-2018
Place of Publication[Groningen]
Print ISBNs978-94-034-1087-6
Electronic ISBNs978-94-034-1086-9
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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