The news of late from the water sector feels more like that being reported from a battlefield: bottled vs tap water, who pays for storm water management, the efficacy of market mechanisms to combat water quality, and EPA ramping up efforts to combat nitrogen pollution from manure. Excluding the debate over bottled vs tap water, the other three issues are colliding around one big debate playing out in many communities across the US: who is responsible for paying for water quality improvements from non-point sources, be those from urban storm water or agriculture? Market-based approaches are being wrapped into this debate and with that comes an even greater opportunity for Ecosystem Marketplace to continue producing quality and timely information about how best to use market tools to the greatest advantage of the environment, the economy and people.
We hope you notice that our news summaries draw from a wide variety of news outlets and some beyond the news. We call your attention to one web source, Circle of Blue, which provides consistently solid information about water issues, published by the Pacific Institute. If you missed it at the end of last year, check out their Top 10 things you should know about water.
Three housekeeping items related to Ecosystem Marketplace:
* The first is the release of the "State of the Biodiversity Markets: Offset and Compensation Programs Worldwide," which in now available on EM's main site. The report offers a region-by-region breakdown of 39 existing and 25 developing compensatory mitigation programs in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as an analysis of the unique legal framework within which each scheme is being implemented and the means of incentivizing private-sector investment. Read more about the report or download a copy.
* In late February, EM launched a new version of the Forest Carbon Portal, an information clearinghouse on terrestrial carbon. This new version offers a more interactive site where users can create profiles in the member directory, join and start discussions in Carbon Connections; comment on articles, upload projects, resources, events and job opportunities. The hope is that the new portal will facilitate greater discussion and connectivity among forest carbon practitioners worldwide. Access the Portal from our regular site, www.forestcarbonportal.com
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