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Eco Markets Intro: Conservation Backgrounder

Ecosystem services, environmental derivatives, ecological thresholds, economic externalities, schemes, markets, market-based schemes...Confused? Frustrated? Bored? We don't blame you.

Discussions of emerging environmental markets and conservation payment programs often feel like an impenetrable swamp of acronyms and lingo. Ecology, economics, law, policy, and business are all highly complex subjects, and charting the connections between them can be difficult. We have prepared this guide to help you understand how environmental markets work and to direct you to areas of the Ecosystem Marketplace that will interest and further educate you:
 

Ecosystem Services


Payments for Ecosystem Services


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