This Week In Water: But Is It Scalable?
A non-profit attempts to repopulate eastern Washington with beavers while the Australian government transacts big buybacks in the Murray-Darling plan. Meanwhile, green infrastructure continues to thrive in the US. Also, Forest Trends reports on their findings from Rio on scaling up payments for watershed services.
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Greetings from the Water Log!
25 July 2012 |
Last month we welcomed our Forest Trends
colleagues back from Rio, where they co-chaired a fascinating side event on scaling up payments for watershed services. The brains behind programs like Fundación Natura Bolivia
and Mexico's Programa para el Pago por Servicios Ambientales Hidrológicos
(Program for the Payment for Hydrological Environmental Services) talked about the keys to smart expansion. Among their advice: Don't get distracted, terminology matters, and measure the outcomes. You can read more about the conversation here
Speaking of scaling up, green infrastructure continues to boom in the US - the market for green roofs grew 115 percent last year and shows no signs of slowing down, as property owners and cities look for stormwater control strategies that are cost-effective and add to quality of life. Columbia Green Technologies, a green roof systems provider, recently closed out an oversubscribed round of funding with more than a million dollars for R&D and to grow its workforce. We've also got a profile from Stormwater Magazine on activities in the Sunflower State: Kansas cities are leading the way in investing in natural infrastructure.
We've got something for everybody in this Water Log: from reports on integrated water resource management and fracking, to the latest news on beaver reintroduction and Murray-Darling water buybacks, to a fascinating new study that attempts to reconstruct a history of ecosystem services in modern China. Read on for all of this and more.
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