The world of water has seen another tumultuous few months with new water quality challenges in the Danube watershed, more strict pollution rules for the Chesapeake Bay watershed and low water levels in Lake Mead threatening the energy supply in the blistering desert southwest.
On the upside, we are pleased to share that the issue of ecosystem services and market-based approaches such as PES/PWS were discussed during the main plenary sessions and on thematic panels at this year’s World Water Week in Stockholm; a marked improvement over last year’s treatment of the subject. It seems as if the technology sector is providing new, potentially valuable tools to aid in the development of the infrastructure to support the emerging water and watershed markets around the globe.
The next time we write this newsletter, the world will have taken up again the issues of climate change at the COP16 meeting in Cancun, Mexico and we remain optimistic that a productive outcome will be reached and that the strong connection between climate change, healthy forests and water will factor into those critical discussions.
— The Ecosystem Marketplace Team
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