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About this Series

The Sixteenth Katoomba Meeting will take place on February 9 and 10 in Palo Alto, California, and focus on the role that payments for ecosystem services (PES) can play in promoting sustainable use of ocean resources.

Leading up to the meeting, Ecosystem Marketplace commissioned this series of articles to shed light on these issues.

Part One, Uncharted Waters, provides an introduction to the ocean’s ecosystem services and the evolving schemes for identifying their value and bringing this value into our modern economy.

Part Two, The “New” Ecotourism, examines the role that environmental finance can play in ensuring the viability of living ecosystems by persuading mainstream tourism providers to pay for the natural beauty these living ecosystems provide.

Part Three, Will Catch Shares Help Reel in Overfishing? examines the role that catch shares can play in promoting efficient management of fish stocks.

Part Four, What can Oceans Gain from Freshwater WQT?, examines existing schemes that provide an economic incentive for keeping lakes and streams clean, and asks whether these schemes can be expanded to include the oceans.

Part Five, Mangrove Forests as Carbon Sinks, examines the potential for using carbon finance to save and restore mangrove forests around the world.

Part Six, Marine Biodiversity Offsets, examines existing that provide an economic incentive to preserve natural habitat for endangered species on land, and provides a guide for adapting these schemes to the ocean.

Podcasts From Poseidon: Palo Alto Audio Streams Now Online

The Forest Trends Marine Ecosystem Services (MARES) Katoomba Meeting is now winding down.  We spent all day yesterday videoblogging from Palo Alto, and have spent much of today doing the same and uploading audio streams from Tuesday’s panel discussions. We should have all audio content uploaded by Thursday morning, with PDFs and summaries available shortly.

The Forest Trends Marine Ecosystem Services (MARES) Katoomba Meeting is now winding down.   We spent all day yesterday videoblogging from Palo Alto, and have spent much of today doing the same and uploading audio streams from Tuesday’s panel discussions. We should have all audio content uploaded by Thursday morning, with PDFs and summaries available shortly thereafter.

9 and 10 February, 2009 | The Sixteenth Katoomba Meeting is focusing on the role that payments for ecosystem services (PES) can play in promoting sustainable use of ocean resources.

Katoomba XVI is just the latest in a string of events designed to bring the value of nature’s services into our global economy. It picks up where Katoomba XIV left off in Ghana, and sets the stage for the next two meetings, to take place in Viet Nam and the Democratic Republic of Congo. For a glimpse into the Katoomba Process, we’ve compiled a brief explanatory video here:


Into the Ocean

The Marine and Coastal Katoomba Meeting capitalizes on ever-expanding interest in finding innovative solutions to conserve our marine environment and resources, in order to safeguard human well-being. The dialog around market-based mechanisms has to-date focused on fishery catch shares and quota markets. Rather than focusing on the state of existing marine and coastal markets, we will instead concentrate on developing new financing tools and approaches and expanding the use of market-based mechanisms to other services, such as coastline stabilization, beach maintenance and production, fish nursery functions of mangroves and seagrass beds, coastal water quality and ocean carbon storage.

Intended Outcomes:

This meeting is the first in a series to strategize and develop action plans for realizing the potential of market-based mechanisms as a tool for conserving marine ecosystems and their services. It has three objectives: Catalyze the building of a global community of practice to support payment for ecosystem services (PES) and other innovative financing mechanisms for marine and coastal conservation; Create a strategy to reach consensus on a “blueprint for action” to guide future marine PES, offsets, and other market-based solutions to marine conservation problems; Lay the groundwork for developing a global set of marine PES test projects among public and private sector partners; and Distribute meeting outputs to inform policy makers, industry leaders, resource managers, conservation organizations, and coastal communities.

The Agenda

Day One: We will lay out the concepts on marine ecosystem services and market-based conservation mechanisms, e.g., experiences and ideas, lessons learned and best practices, particularly in the fisheries and water sectors.

Day Two: We will look ahead at the new framing on coastal and marine resource use, management, and policies that the ecosystem services paradigm has already begun stimulating.

To help bring this event to a larger audience, we have posted an outline of the proceedings as schedules. Over the next two days, we will be amending this outline to reflect any changes in the composition of panels, and we will also be uploading recordings of panel discussions, along with PDFs of presentation. You will be able to download the discussions or listen online.

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Streaming Content: Day One

Welcoming Addresses


Steven McCormick, President, Moore Foundation

Amber Mace, Assistant Secretary for Coastal Matters and Executive Director, California Ocean Protection Council

Michael Jenkins, CEO, Forest Trends

Opening Panel: State of Play in Environmental Markets

The enormous value of ecosystem services is generating much attention. The public, decision-makers, and the business community are beginning to understand why protecting the habitats that provide those services benefits not only local communities and national economies, but also private sector investors.
Panelists:

  • Ricardo Bayon, EKO Asset Management Partners
  • Albert Cho, Cisco Systems
  • Tundi Agardy, Forest Trends
  • Lorenzo Rosensweig, Fondo Mexicano para la Conservacií³n de la Naturaleza

Setting the Stage: Opening Presentations

Current State of Marine and Coastal Markets & Expectations for the Marine Katoomba Meeting

Presented by Winnie Lau, MARES Program, Forest Trends

PES and Other Market-Like Mechanisms in an Integrated Ecosystem Management Context

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Presented by Mary Ruckelshaus, NOAA & Natural Capital Project, after introduction by Judy Kildow of the National Ocean Economics Program

Freshwater-to-Saltwater-to-Seafood Quality Markets

Maximizing the Success of Market Tools in Ensuring Clean Water

Presented by Linda Sheehan, California Coastkeeper Alliance

Developing a Water Fund to Conserve Watersheds in the Andes

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Presented by Alejandro Calvache, The Nature Conservancy

Water Quality for Corporate Welfare: Coastal and Marine Resource Dependence on Clean Water

Presented by Al Appleton, former New York City Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner

Integrated Watershed and Coastal Management: Tribal Parks

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Presented by Eli Enns, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations, British Columbia, Canada

Questions and Answers

Note: Parts of the Q&A are inaudible. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Engaging with the Tourism Sector

Tourism depends on tourists, who come because there’s something to see and experience.   Along the shore, that sojethig usually involves biodiversity — whether in the form of coral reefs, mangroves, or the animals that inhabit and support them.   This stream, therefore, focuses on biodiversity as an ecosystem service

Protecting Shorelines and Beaches: Natural Coastal Infrastructure for the Sun, Sand, and Beach Tourism Industry

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Presented by Lauretta Burke, WRI

Integrated Management Across Landscapes and Seascapes is the Key to Protecting Services

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Presented by Peter Mumby, University of Exeter

Beyond Simply Ecotourism: Minimizing Risk and Enhancing Value

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Presented by Rick MacPherson, Coral Reef Alliance

The Private Marine Park Model for Maintaining Healthy Coral Reefs for High-Value Tourism

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Presented by Sibylle Riedmiller, Chumbe Island Coral Park, Inc., Tanzania

Questions and Answers

Note: The sound quality in the Q&A stream is sketchy, but the questions are fascinating.   We apologize for any inconvenience.

Emerging Offshore Renewables

Developing and Harvesting Marine Energy Sustainably

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Presented by Mike Miller, EPRI

Marine Spatial Planning and Renewable Energy Development

Presented by Seth Kaplan, Conservation Law Foundation

Balancing Environmental Protection through Renewable Energy and Impacts to Marine Environment

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Presented by Daniel Cohen, Fishermen’s Energy of New Jersey (FERN)

The Perils of Resource Development for People, Environment, and Business

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Presented by Odigha Odigha, Government of Cross River State, Nigeria

Questions and Answers

Note: the sound quality on the QA session is sketchy

Harnessing Markets to Save Fisheries

Marine Fisheries Quota Markets: Successes and Limitations

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Presented by Jim Sanchirico, UC Davis

Curbing Unsustainable By-Catch Practices: Case Study of the Alaskan By-Catch Cap-and-Trade Market

Presented by Joe Plesha, Trident Seafoods

The Private Sector’s Role in Sustainable Fisheries in the Gulf of California Fisheries

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Presented by Alejandro Robles, Noroeste Sustentable

Day One Closing Presentation

Moving Forward in Forging New Market-based Approaches and Tools in Conserving Marine and Coastal Resources

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Presented by Judy Kildow, The National Ocean Economics Program

Streaming Content: Day Two


Welcome and Review of Goals

Presented by Michael Jenkins, Forest Trends

Opening Address

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Martha Isabel (Pati) Ruis Corzo, Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, Mexico

Keynote Presentation: The Role of Community and Other Institutions in Providing Innovative Solutions for Marine and Coastal Conservation

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Delivered by Bonnie McCay, Rutgers University

Community and other institutions, both formal and informal, play a critical role in setting the stage for development of marine markets and market-like mechanisms. But communities can also be at risk from private sector investment, if issues of equity, access, common property, and governance are not well understood and appreciated.

Solving Open Access Issues in Marine and Coastal Resource Utilization

Introduction

Moderated by Indumathie Hewawasam, Marine Policy Specialist

Summary:
Government policies can steer use so it is sustainable, even in the open access domain of oceans. While some policies can also drive marine market development, the spectrum of market mechanisms can also positively influence government policies. The use of marine protected areas, marine spatial planning, and community-based management have all been used to protect ecosystem services and secure the sustainability of financing for conservation.

How Vietnam’s National Biodiversity Law Supports the Development of Marine and Coastal PES

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Presented by Huynh Thi Mai, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Vietnam

Lessons Learned from Mexico’s National Terrestrial PES Law for Developing Marine PES Law

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Presented by Carlos Muí±oz Pií±a, National Institute of Ecology, Mexico

Marine Protected Areas and Regional Sustainable Tourism Development in the Red Sea

Presented by Tundi Agardy, standing in for Amr Ali, Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association, Egypt

Harnessing Use Rights and Access Rights Under Marine Protected Areas for Marine and Coastal PES

Presented by Nyawira Muthiga, Wildlife Conservation Society

Questions and Answers

The Role of Civil Society in Catalyzing Market-based Marine Conservation

Introduction

Moderator: Dan Suman, University of Miami

Developing a Marine Fund for Marine Conservation

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Presented by Astrid Scholz, Ecotrust

Multi-stakeholder Public-Private Collaboration to Move PES Agenda Forward in the Philippines

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Presented by Rina Rosales, Resources, Environment and Economics Center for Studies, Inc., Philippines

Toward a Legal Framework for Integrated Stakeholder Rights to Marine and Coastal Ecosystems

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Presented by Andrea Saenz-Arroyo, COBI, Mexico

Development of Market-based Conservation Initiatives in Mexico

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Presented by Enrique Sanjurjo, WWF-Mexico

Questions and Answers

Blue Carbon: Extending Terrestrial Carbon Markets to Cover Marine and Coastal Carbon Pools

Preserving forests and reducing deforestation have been thought to be keys to combating the impacts of climate change. However, recent research shows that the oceans and coastal ecosystems can store comparable if not greater amounts of carbon than forests. It is time to include coastal and marine carbon pools in the carbon market dialogs.
Moderator: Robert Repetto, UN Foundation & Clean Air-Cool Planet

Blue Carbon: Carbon Accounting in Marine and Coastal Environments

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Presented by Richard Kenchington, UNEP

Blue Carbon Fund: Adapting Lessons Learned from Terrestrial Carbon Markets

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Presented by Joerg Seifert-Granzin, Katoomba Group

Developing Methodologies for Mangrove Carbon Assessment

Presented by Walter Vergara, World Bank

The Nuts and Bolts of Carbon Markets and How to Incorporate Blue Carbon into the Market

Presented by Marc Stuart, EcoSecurities

Questions and Answers


The Role of Private Sector in Forging Marine Ecosystem Services Markets

Governments, academia, and NGOs all play a role in crafting solutions to the loss of ecosystem services, and along with communities and the private sector, can help a shape a future in which ecosystem services are not just protected, but are the basis for profitable investing.

Introduction

Moderator: Marea Hatziolas, The World Bank

Managing Risks and Protecting Infrastructure Investments through Protecting Marine and Coastal Ecosystems

Presented by Adam Cole, California Department of Insurance

Managing the Risk of Climate Change Impacts to Coastal Environments

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Presented by Stephen Bushnell, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company

Private Sector Leadership and Collaboration in Sustaining Marine Ecosystem Services

Presented by Paul Holthus, World Ocean Council

Employing Market-based Mechanisms Towards Sustainable Fisheries

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Presented by Jim Cannon, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership

Creating the Right Conditions for Private Sector Investment

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Presented by Bettina von Hagen, Ecotrust  

Questions and Answers

Closing Remarks Presented by Tundi Agardy

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