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Preserving Our Marine Health

The Centre for Policy Development (CPD) is a progressive think tank dedicated to seeking out creative, viable  ideas and innovative research to inject into Australia’s policy debates. Their work combines big picture thinking  about the future of government with practical research on options for policy reform. They give a diverse, crossdisciplinary community of thinkers space […]

CDM Reform: Improving the efficiency and outreach of the Clean Development Mechanism through standardization

This study is the first outcome of a new work program on regulatory aspects of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) started by the World Bank in May 2011 at the Carbon Expo in Barcelona. The guiding principle of this work has been to approach the complex and broad topic of CDM regulation in a strictly […]

Wealth, Rights, and Resilience:
An Agenda for Governance Reform in Small-scale Fisheries

The diversity of social, ecological and economic characteristics of small-scale fisheries in developing countries means that context-specific assessments are required to understand and address shortcomings in their governance. This article contrasts three perspectives on governance reform focused alternately on wealth, rights and resilience, and argues that-far from being incompatible- these perspectives serves as useful counterweights […]

Offsets the Queensland Way

The Queensland Government Environmental Offsets Policy provides an overarching framework for environmental offsets in Queensland. The policy provides a consistent and transparent approach to the use of offsets. It contains principles and guidelines for developing and applying more detailed ‘specific-issue’ policies for offsetting important environmental values such as vegetation or fish habitats. Currently, offsets use […]

Final Compensatory Mitigation Rule

On March 31, 2008, EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) issued revised regulations governing compensatory mitigation for authorized impacts to wetlands, streams, and other waters of the U.S. under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. These regulations are designed to improve the effectiveness of compensatory mitigation to replace lost aquatic […]

Flow: The Essentials of Environmental Flows

“Flow: The Essentials of Environmental Flows” is a guide to the implementation of environmental flows in the river basins of the world. It explains how to assess flow requirements, change the legal and financial framework, and involve stakeholders in negotiations. ‘Flow’ sets out a path from conflict over limited water resources and environmental degradation to […]

Forest-to-Faucet Partnership

The Forest-to-Faucet Partnership is a joint venture of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the U.S. Forest Service Northeastern Area (State and Private Forestry) Watershed Program established to enhance the awareness, understanding and management of forests and water. The Partnership develops targeted reports and tools focusing on the hydrological services delivered by forests. Its research and dissemination […]

Forests for Water: Exploring Payments for Watershed Services in the U.S. South

“Forests for Water: Exploring Payments for Watershed Services in the U.S. South” offers an introduction to payments for watershed services and other incentive-based mechanisms, and how these mechanisms might work to conserve forested watersheds in the Southern United States. The brief, which was produced by the World Resources Institute, covers possible participants in watershed services […]