The Green vs Grey Infrastructure question has taken center stage with increasing evidence that investing in natural infrastructure has real economic and financial payoffs, in addition to the core ecosystem services benefits. This month’s newsletter looks at real data, tools and examples where policy makers are choosing green infrastructure solutions to improve water quality or quantity outcomes.
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22 April 2011 | The last two months yielded a surge in news from those working on water-related ecosystem services with a few distinct themes showcasing the issues. Topping the list is the Green vs Grey Infrastructure question, which has taken center stage with more solid evidence that investing in natural infrastructure has real economic and financial payoffs, in addition to the core ecosystem services benefits. This is timely information given the budget woes here in the US and the tight budgets for all manner of government services across the globe.
The stories below yield real data, tools and examples where policy makers are choosing green infrastructure solutions to improve water quality or quantity outcomes. It has made us increasingly curious about the use of more traditional financial mechanisms available to fund green infrastructure (such as US EPA funded State Revolving Funds for wastewater and drinking water). Stay tuned for more in-depth coverage of what our investigation yields.
We congratulate our Biodiversity colleagues here at EM who last month re-launched SpeciesBanking.com, expanding globally to include biodiversity compensation mechanisms around the world.
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— The Ecosystem Marketplace Team
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