The Ecosystem Marketplace's Mitigation Mail
Conservation and Wetland News You Can Bank On
It's been a slow month for biodiversity markets, with low attendance at a Biodiversity and Ecosystem Finance GreenPower conference recently held in New York City and light news days on the web. Ecosystem Marketplace picks up the slack, with original articles putting the spotlight on mitigation banking in Florida (see: Sheri Lewin: The Tie That Binds , and Will Florida Panthers Boost Species Banking? ).
We see West Coast-East Coast links of regional ecosystem market development in a collaborative project called Marketplace for Nature, which brings together efforts in the Willamette (Oregon) and Chesapeake Bay (multi-state watershed stretching from New York to Virginia). Oregon presses ahead with a draft bill on ecosystem services making its way through the state legislature--more on this as the bill moves forward.
No news is... no news, at least for the changes to the US Endangered Species Act pushed through late in the Bush Administration. The LA Times reviews the Obama administration's options for blocking or overturning the changes to the act. Also being challenged are Bush administration shrinkages in critical habitat area of 18 endangered species, in a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity .
In the international arena, the European Union released a mid-term report on the implementation of the EU Biodiversity Action Plan and say they're not likely to hit 2010 biodiversity goals unless major additional efforts are pursued.
For those of you interested in developments in the forestry carbon market, Ecosystem Marketplace recently launched the first phase of ForestCarbonPortal.com , an online information clearinghouse for the terrestrial carbon markets. Although still under construction, the site is active and can be viewed here .
A conference to add to your calendar: the 12th annual National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference, May 5-8, 2009, Salt Lake City. The conference will focus on "Banking under the New Rule." Learn more and register here .
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—The Ecosystem Marketplace Team
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