After a brief hiatus, W.E.T. is back – and not a moment too soon! This month’s newsletter brings you the latest on market-based mechanisms for protecting water supply and flows from around the world.
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4 January 2011 | After a brief hiatus, W.E.T. is back – and not a moment too soon! This month’s newsletter brings you the latest on market-based mechanisms for protecting water supply and flows from around the world.
As we head into 2012, on our radar is the water-food security nexus; it’ll be the theme of World Water Week this year. A trio of stories from Africa illustrate how watershed payments and economic valuation are gaining traction as a tool to address water security issues where livelihoods and agricultural production are at risk, a departure from the old environment-versus-development storyline. We also take a look at China’s experiments with “eco-compensation” to safeguard water supplies.
We’re enjoying watching the US water quality markets mature; read on for coverage of a new thermal trading program, nutrient credit auctions kicking off in Pennsylvania, and some suggestions for improving them.
Here at Ecosystem Marketplace, we’ve got lots of exciting things coming down the stream this year. Stay tuned for the launch of our new water portal this spring – your future one-stop shop for information on financial mechanisms for watershed conservation, from a global inventory of projects to the latest in analytical tools and best practices for program design.
Finally, 2011 was a big year for water markets, in both policy and practice. We’d like to ask our readers what they think were the biggest success stories of the year. Please take a minute to cast your vote in the poll below. We’ll publish the top stories in a special year-end edition of W.E.T.
Happy New Year – and happy reading!
— The Ecosystem Marketplace Team
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