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.
Government programs aimed at reducing pollution from farming activities in the Mississippi River Basin have traditionally operated on a farm scale. However the World Resources Institute has been studying a different type of initiative that uses a landscape approach targeting critical watersheds and finds the project has serious potential to improve water quality throughout US waterways.
Maryland's Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is disappearing due to sea level rise and is fast converting into open water. But non-profit The Conservation Fund in partnership with other organizations and federal agencies have crafted a plan to save the critical bird habitat with an adaptation strategy involving marsh migration upslope.
As Ecosystem Marketplace looks back over water in 2013, it finds the year was marked by events like the Katoomba meeting in Beijing and the watershed payments report launch. Watershed investment programs were on the rise in East Africa where participants include flower-growers along Kenya's Lake Naivasha and Tanga, Tanzania's water utility.
The year is winding down and the top stories of 2013 in biodiversity and wetlands may be the biggest headlines of 2014 as many of them remain unresolved. The lawsuits in Louisiana over their coastal wetlands are ongoing as is the decision over how best to conserve the dwindling prairie chicken. Here's a look back.
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