The Ecosystem Marketplace's Mitigation Mail
There has been a significant decrease in biodiversity markets news as the ripples of the CBD COP10 in Nagoya have diminished and the Big Brother UNFCCC COP16 has taken center stage in Cancun, Mexico. Our main site on Ecosystem Marketplace is providing in-depth coverage from the field, while V-Carbon News and Forest Carbon News Briefs are covering the voluntary carbon and forest carbon and REDD+ angles.
Conservation and Wetland News You Can Bank On
The biggest news this month came from the first global tiger conservation conference, which drew attention - and $330 million in pledged funding - to the plight of great cats.
On the domestic front, the NMBA quietly noted in their Winter newsletter that the US ACE has recently instructed District staff to document reasons why mitigation banks are not being used when they are available. This has been a bone of contention for the US mitigation banking industry - while 2008 regulations stated a preference for mitigation banking, it did not appear to be translating to regulators directing permittees to banks.
Finally, over in the Southwest US, folks identifying with 'ecosystem services' are geeking out at the annual ACES conference (A Community of Ecosystem Services). If you're attending, please say hello at the Ecosystem Marketplace booth.
Read on for the latest and greatest news on biodiversity markets.
—The Ecosystem Marketplace Team
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