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State of Watershed Payments 2012: Executive Summary for Business

 This report benchmarks companies taking a landscape-scale approach to water risk – looking beyond direct operations to the larger watershed context. Business leaders from Coca-Cola to SABMiller to Sony are experimenting with natural infrastructure investments that address many of the operational risks at the top of their lists – including supply disruptions and emerging regulations – while saving money, increasing resilience to […]

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State of Watershed Payments 2012: Executive Summary for Business

 This report benchmarks companies taking a landscape-scale approach to water risk – looking beyond direct operations to the larger watershed context. Business leaders from Coca-Cola to SABMiller to Sony are experimenting with natural infrastructure investments that address many of the operational risks at the top of their lists – including supply disruptions and emerging regulations – while saving money, increasing resilience to […]

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BioCarbon Partners REDD Informational Comic

The BioCarbon Partners (BCP) Trust’s Community Engagement Team has found its own fresh approach to increasing awareness in Africa among community stakeholders regarding REDD+ project activities, through a comic created by artist Naomi Fearn. Please note that the comic may be distributed/shared but not used for commercial purposes without BCP’s written consent. Read more about the […]

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Charting New Waters

 The number of initiatives that protect and restore forests, wetlands, and other water-rich ecosystems has nearly doubled in just four years as governments urgently seek sustainable alternatives to costly industrial infrastructure, according to a new report from Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace.   “Whether you need to save water-starved China from economic ruin or protect drinking […]

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Lessons Learned from Community Forestry & REDD+ in Brazil

In the new publication REDD+ and Community Forestry: Lessons Learned from an Exchange of Brazilian Experiences with Africa, experts describe the lessons learned from an initiative by the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility to share Brazilian experiences with African countries. The initiative was undertaken by World Bank staff with funding from the Global Environment Facility and […]

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Assessing the Outcomes of COP 17

IISD’s Climate Change and Energy team assessed the outcomes of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 17) held in Durban, South Africa November 28 to December 11, 2011. COP 17 illustrated that there is a clear trade-off between the level of ambition and the inclusivity and robustness of a future agreement. To get countries like […]

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Collecting the Drops: Toward Creative Water Strategies

“Connecting the Drops: Toward Creative Water Strategies” includes a suite of learning modules, case studies, and resources to help businesses develop sound water strategies. The toolkit offers guidance in assessing water use and impacts, identifying risks and opportunties, and developing systems for tracking and managing water resource management. “Connecting the Drops: Toward Creative Water Strategies” […]

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Collecting the Drops: A Water Sustainability Planner

“Collecting the Drops: A Water Sustainability Planner” is a set of tools developed by the Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) to help businesses assess their water use and impacts, and better understand how water resources management can affect “license to operate.” The toolkit will be especially useful to facilities staff and/or a business’ operating division, […]

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Emissions Trading, Carbon Financing and Indigenous People

This is a short guide for Indigenous land managers and those who work with Indigenous communities to the phenomenon of climate change, and to ‘market’ and financial mechanisms for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, often referred to as the ‘carbon market’, ‘emissions trading’ and/or ‘carbon financing’. This guide is intended as a first edition – it […]

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Sustainable Resource Management in Malawi

The Lake Chilwa Wetland Project in Malawi attempts to prevent the overexploitation of Lake Chilwa’s natural wealth and biodiversity. The project developed community groups and institutions to sustainably manage the resources. As markets already existed locally for the lake’s natural products, the purpose was to insure the continuation of the resource extraction while maintaining the […]

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Sasumua Water Treatment Plant – Kenya

The Sasumua Water Treatment Plant is an innovate payment for ecosystem services project still in development, which seeks to provide water quality services by paying upstream farmers and pastoralists to change their cultivation practices. Though not yet fully operational, the Sasumua case highlights many strengths of PES, as well as many of the factors strongly […]

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The Kunene Region Torra Conservancy

The Torra Conservancy, a community initiated conservation and rural economic development project, was established in 1998 to protect the local ecosystem and encourage development of income-generating activities for the local community.

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Watamu Turle Watch Nest Protection Programme

The Nest Protection Programme in Watamu Beach, Kenya was established in 1997. The program was created in response to the decimation of the reproductive capacity of the local turtle population, due primarily to turtle egg poaching from the Watamu nesting site. It was estimated that prior to the implementation of the program, 100% of all […]

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Working for Water: PES in South Africa

In South Africa, Working for Water provides one of the longest-standing and most successful examples of payments for ecosystem services (PES). Initiated in 1995 just one year after the end of apartheid, the program organizes poor South Africans in local communities to eradicate invasive alien plants (IAPs) through country’s Department of Water Affairs and Forestry.

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A Green Thumb for the Invisible Hand

This is a brief overview about the changing political and economic climate on climate change in the US. It includes an analysis on issues related to carbon trading and its role in influencing policy.

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Net Pay: Economic Analysis of Mangrove Restoration

A presentation given at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies International Society of Tropcial Forestry conference, March 2, 2007. The presentation discusses methods of economic valuation for the ecosystem services of mangrove restoration. It also deals with efforts in Kenya to restore mangrove forests and to ensure that the local people involved in […]