Payment for eco-system services

This topic is chaired by Utrecht (The Netherlands)

copyright by 033GROENPeople rely on the earth for welfare and survival. The goods and services provided by the natural environment are often called ecosystem services. For instance: natural pest control, water retention in the soil, buffer against flooding, nature for recreation, nature as a source of inspiration or education, etcetera. Another example is a drinking water supply company that can use groundwater because of the purifying capacity of a natural area.

The question is, whether it is possible that the revenues of (in this example) tap water can make an additional financial contribution to nature conservation of the water extraction area? Or more in general, can the profits of ecosystem services make a financial contribution to conservation of the environment?