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Conservation Finance: Moving Beyond Donor Funding Toward An Investor-Driven Approach

This report shows existing unexploited private sector investment opportunities to increase conservation finance and deliver maximum conservation impacts while, at the same time, generating returns for investors. In order to develop appropriate financing structures and ensure that private sector conservation finance results in measurable conservation outcomes, financial institutions and non-governmental organizations must experiment and define […]

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Navigating Wetland Mitigation Markets

While the use of ecosystem services markets is increasingly discussed as a policy option to protect ecological functions that benefit society, there is limited publicly available information regarding the risks associated with investing in, operating in, and regulating, such markets. In this paper we outline the risks faced both by entrepreneurs who sponsor wetland mitigation […]

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Increasing Participation In Incentive
Programs For Biodiversity Conservation

Engaging private landowners in conservation activities for imperiled species is critical to maintaining and enhancing biodiversity. Market-based approaches can incentivize conservation behaviors on private lands by shifting the benefit–cost ratio of engaging in activities that result in net conservation benefits for target species. In the United States and elsewhere, voluntary conservation agreements with financial incentives […]

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Financial Mechanisms For Environmental Compliance in Infrastructure Projects

Environmental impact assessments (EIA) are the main regulatory tool governments use to balance the development and environmental values at stake in infrastructure development. Currently, however, project developers’ incentive for environmental performance dissipates as soon as environmental approval and financing are secured. To really protect the environment, EIAs need to be accompanied by intelligently structured financial […]

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Global Public Sector Trends in Ecosystem Services, 2009-2012

Ecosystem services are gaining the attention of government officials around the world. From 2009 through 2012, BSR has documented a wide and growing range of public-sector activities related to the issue. Given the breadth and growing depth of public sector work on ecosystem services, it is increasingly clear that it now has the potential to shape future policy […]

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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 […]

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The conceptual problems of Green Economy and Sustainable Development

Association for Protection of Environment and Culture (APEC-Nepal) and Atlantic States Legal Foundation (ASLF), Inc. (NGO), USA Information Inputs for Rio+20 Compilation Document The conceptual problems of Green Economy and Sustainable Development On behalf of the Association for Protection of Environment and Culture (APEC-Nepal) and Atlantic States Legal Foundation (ASLF), Inc. (NGO), USA Input submitted […]

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LEAF publishes Asian REL Workshop Proceedings

LEAF is a five year program that will continue to engage regional governments, forestry and climate mitigation specialists and universities in a technical capacity building program focused on REDD+ Readiness.  The program also works on policy and market incentives for improved forest management and land use planning, develops innovative pilot interventions, and strengthens regional platforms […]

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PES Curriculum Matrix

All of the key resources from different markets pulled together and listed in one matrix. Points out which Reosurces, Tools, FT publicatitons, and Curriculums would be appropriate for any level follower of the carbon, water, or biodiversity markets.

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PES Curriculum Matrix

All of the key resources from different markets pulled together and listed in one matrix. Points out which Reosurces, Tools, FT publicatitons, and Curriculums would be appropriate for any level follower of the carbon, water, or biodiversity markets.

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PES Curriculum Matrix

All of the key resources from different markets pulled together and listed in one matrix. Points out which Reosurces, Tools, FT publicatitons, and Curriculums would be appropriate for any level follower of the carbon, water, or biodiversity markets.

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Biodiversity Offsets:

This “ICMM proposition statement” provides an industry perspective on biodiversity offsets. It addresses those aspects of offsets on which different groups disagree, for example: How to establish offsets? Which activities are acceptable offsets? How to compare the biodiversity lost through the mining activity with gains through the proposed offset?

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Ecosystem Service Market Development: The Role and Opportunity for Finance

Executive Summary Intact ecosystems on rural lands provide critical services to residents of Oregon and other regions. These services include but are not limited to regulation of climate through carbon sequestration, provision of clean freshwater for cities and towns, support of fisheries that sustain us, and preservation of intact, wild landscapes of great spiritual and […]

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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 […]