Heidi Huber-Stearns

Heidi Huber-Stearns

Chiriquí
Panama
Fellow Year: 
2010 - 2011
Cohort
2
About Heidi Huber-Stearns

Heidi received her Master of Science degree from the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at CSU, working with Drs. Joshua Goldstein and Stu Cottrell. For her fellowship, she explored the potential roles of intermediaries in Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) in the context of Chiriquí province in western Panama where stakeholders are actively exploring the development of a regional PES program. Home to La Amistad National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage designated biosphere reserve, Chiriquí province is a biologically diverse and agriculturally important region of Panama facing mounting pressure from myriad environmental, economic and livelihood concerns.

Heidi’s work builds directly upon an earlier study by CCC Fellow Esther Duke that explored the potential involvement of landowners as ecosystem service sellers into a future PES scheme in the study region.

Heidi conducted interviews with representatives of 34 intermediary organizations in the region to gain an understanding of their organization’s current intermediary roles and potential roles in a future PES program, their relative strengths and limitations in terms of organizational capacity, and how their organizations are connected to each other through networking and collaborations. 

To learn more about Hedi's work please follow the link to here report in, Ecosystem ServicesVolume 6, December 2013, Pages 104–116, Payments for Ecosystem Services and Their Institutional Dimensions: Analyzing the Diversity of Existing PES Approaches in Developing and Industrialized Countries.  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S221204161300079X

To receive a copy of the Spanish Partners report please email Heidi at heidih@rams.colostate.edu