Peruvians have spent the last six years developing a comprehensive legal framework for the sticky issue of payments for ecosystem services (PES). The current bill is one of the most advanced pieces of legislation of its type, but it’s been stuck in committee for five years, and will remain so as the 20th Katoomba Meeting kicks off next week in Lima.
Between now and August, we’ll be examining the economic benefits of coral reefs and financing mechanisms designed to help preserve them. Here’s a look at the other side of that equation: what it costs to maintain them, and the challenge of meeting that cost through conventional means.
Ecosystem Marketplace is gearing up for the 2014 State of Watershed Payments report. The report will cover the water energy food nexus and watershed investments among other topics. Meanwhile, EM is also preparing for Katoomba XX in Lima Peru where discussions will focus on aligning climate policy with other commitments that support resilient ecosystems and societies.
In 2008, the Australian government launched an initiative, Reef Rescue, aimed at protecting and restoring the environment. Last year, Amanda Cornwall, a legal and policy consultant, discussed the program advising that it needs to focus in on assisting farmers in improving water quality. That means learning from other successful schemes, she says.
The Ohio River Basin Trading Project is the world's first interstate water quality trading program and on March 11, the Electric Power Research Institute, which created the initiative, will host an event to showcase the project's first water nutrient credits.
Ecosystem Marketplace is taking an up-close look at the landscapes approach to nature and conservation starting with two Katoomba Meetings this spring, which will help prompt cross-sector collaboration. Meanwhile, EM monitors landscapes thinking activities in Yorkshire, England and the US.
The lack of reliable data on forests has long been a major challenge in the battle against deforestation. But a new tool powered by Google aims to provide real-time information on forest clearing and empower local communities and other stakeholders to fight back.
Ecosystem Marketplace's briefing for the business community on water risk, published this month, provides the sector with nature-based solutions to their water challenges while citing companies that have already met with success using this approach. Preparations are underway for two upcoming Katoomba events-one in Brazil in March and the other in Peru in April.
The Amazon region faces growing threats to its water, energy, food and health as climate change accelerates, and Peru is one of the nations that’s proven most adept at meeting that challenge. The country’s Environment Minister, who is also presiding over this year’s UN climate talks, says his country still has plenty of learning to do – and recommended a bit of homework.
It's a fact that human life relies on the natural world but figuring out how to measure this dependency is difficult. Tundi Agardy, a marine conservation expert and the director of Forest Trends' Marine Ecosystem Services Program, discusses her views on the benefits and dangers of ecosystem services valuations.
While water risk was ranked third among the World Economic Forum's Global Risk 2014 report, at least three of the report's top 10 risks are directly related to water problems like pollution and scarcity prompting authors to argue these risks reach farther than originally thought and must be solved through public-private collaboration.
Less than 5% of all companies have acted on the impact that landscape-level water disruptions can have on their bottom line. The few companies that have, however, are developing solutions that can be used to head off water shortages around the world. A new Ecosystem Marketplace report examines what works, what doesn’t, and why.
Watershed Connect is an information platform to help scale up practice and policy that maximizes the economic and ecological benefits of healthy watersheds - from ridges to reefs.