To kick off the new year, we’re bringing you the results of our reader poll as well as news from all around the world of biodiversity. This month’s Mit Mail brings some good news, some bad news and some stories that are still breaking.
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23 January 2012 | The readers have spoken!
To kick off the new year, we’re bringing you the results of our reader poll on the biggest success stories in biodiversity and wetland markets from 2011. IPBES was the clear winner, with the Willamette Partnership’s new crediting platform and new Clean Water Act guidance rounding out the top three. Thanks to all who responded. WIthout further ado:
7. (tied) Private mitigation banks come out on top in North Carolina’s mitigation hierarchy
6. (tied) Conservation banking comes to the Chesapeake Bay
5. (tied) UNEP, GRI, and CREM offer strategies for corporate ecosystem service disclosure
4. UK announces biodiversity banking pilot plans for 2012
2. Willamette Partnership and Pinchot Institute launch a landowner-friendly Ecosystem Crediting Platform
This month’s Mitmail brings some good news (Namibia’s smart efforts to balance conservation and development), some bad news (we’re looking at you, EU agricultural policymakers) and some stories that are still breaking (a critical Supreme Court decision on Clean Water Act enforcement, and Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park staying drill free – at least for now). We’ll keep you updated on new developments in the coming months.
We’d also like to direct your attention to a few new resources from our sister program the Katoomba Group: a booklet for policymakers to assess legal and institutional readiness for payments for ecosystem services (PES), and an online contract clauses library providing examples of PES contracts. Find them in the ‘Latest News’ section.
And don’t forget to check out our job listings – there are lots of great positions posted this month.
Read on for the latest news in biodiversity and wetland markets!
—The Ecosystem Marketplace Team
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