Espírito Santo PES State Program - Fondos de Agua


Espirito Santo State PES Program is grounded in the State legislation that created the State Water Fund (FUNDAGUA). The fund is based on oil and gas royalties among other finantial sources and invests in conservation and restoration of native forests, supoports the implementation of biodiversity friendly land uses and offers payments for environmental services to landowner that engage in the program. Up to date 407 landowners are engaged to conserve 1,500 acres, recieving around $850,000 in PES.


The project aims to reach 16% of Atlantic Forest cover in Espírito Santo State. Pilot sites benefit 1,5 million people in Vitória Metropolitan region.

Start date: 2008
Ongoing?: YES
Cities: Espírito Santo State with pilot sites in Alfredo Chaves, Afonso Claudio, Brejatuba, Alto Rio Novo and Mantenópolis municipalities
Countries: Brazil
Lat: 19°36’44.98″S
Long: 40°29’55.03″W

Contact Name: Samuel Barreto
Phone: 55-41-2111-8757


  • Payments for environmental services
  • Restoration of degraded areas (riparian areas, watersheds)
  • Conservation of standing forsts
  • Support for sustainable production practices
  • Environmental education and training
  • Hydrological monitoring

RIVER BASIN: Benevente, Guandu and José pilot Watersheds


  • Espírito Santo State Government (IEMA,Incaper)
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Salls Foundation
  • BID
  • World Bank