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Marine InVEST

The Marine Initiative of the Natural Capital Project is dedicated to using the framework of ecosystem services to inform ecosystem-based management of marine and coastal waters. The Project is developing and applying a suite of ecosystem service models called InVest (Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Trade-offs). Marine InVest is highly flexible to accommodate application […]

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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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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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Programa de Acción Ante el Cambio Climático del Estado de Chiapas

El PACCCH es el instrumento que enmarca y articula las políticas públicas que definen las acciones del Gobierno del Estado de Chiapas y orientan la participación de la sociedad en materia de adaptación y mitigación ante el cambio climático. Este programa es una de las prioridades del Gobierno Chiapaneco dado que apoya la planeación y el desarrollo estatal que […]

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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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Payments for Watershed Services

From March 12th to 17th 2007, 24 individuals from 13 countries met at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center at Lake Como (Italy) to discuss lessons learned from recent global experiences with payments for watershed services (PWS). The selection of participants reflected a desire to bring together a mix of: • Practitioners—managers who are actually implementing […]

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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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Mangroves in the Gulf of California Increase Fishery Yields

This report shows that in the Gulf of California, fisheries landings are positively related to the local abundance of mangroves and, in particular, to the productive area in the mangrove-water fringe that is used as nursery and/or feeding grounds by many commercial species. Mangroves are disappearing rapidly worldwide despite their well documented biodiversity and the […]

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From Exclusion to Ownership

This report finds that the transition did continue in the 2002–2008 period. The area of state ownership declined, and there were corresponding increases in the area of forests designated for use by communities and indigenous peoples, the area owned by communities and indigenous peoples, and the area owned by individuals and firms. Though the tenure […]

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'When and Where Is a PWS Investment Justified in Biophysical Terms

This document attempts to simplify the information available on hydrological services of forests and other natural systems. It summarizes for practitioners what has been published as potential land use practices and helps to focus hydrological data gathering and research efforts.

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Conservation Concessions in the Maya Biosphere Reserve

In Guatemala, Conservation International and the Guatemalan NGO ProPeten tried to negotiate a conservation concession with local communities in the Maya Biosphere. According to the terms of the agreement, the communities would forgo their logging rights in exchange for annual lease payments. Although no agreement was ever established, this experience still offers valuable insight into […]

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Brazil: Redistributing federal taxes for stewardship of protected areas

“ICMS ecológico” is a tax-revenue proportioning scheme in Brazil designed to effectively protect land for the purpose of improving water quality and biodiversity. The project seeks to compensate counties and municipalities for their active stewardship in abstaining from unsustainable exploitation of protected areas. Historically, local communities had been reluctant to set aside these lands or […]

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Chico Mendes Law – PES in Brazil

In Brazil, rubber tappers are subsidized to promote the preservation of biodiversity in the Amazon basin. The subsidy is intended to discourage alternative industries, such as logging and cattle ranching, which threaten the sustainability of the rainforest.