[Virtual] Radical Transparency for Voluntary Carbon Markets with Ecosystem Marketplace


Voluntary carbon markets are key to cutting greenhouse-gas emissions in half by 2030, and clear data is key to ensuring they can deliver real reductions. As the leading provider of data and intelligence on global voluntary carbon markets for the past 15 years, Ecosystem Marketplace – a Forest Trends initiative, is responding with new interactive data platforms, offering unprecedented market transparency.

Attend this complimentary webinar designed for current and prospective EM Global Carbon Survey Respondents to learn more about key movements in the market as well as our developments, plans, and benefits for responding as we kick off our 2021 process.

Global Landscapes Forum 2015

The third annual Global Landscapes Forum will take place on 6 December 2015, in Paris, France, conciding with the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). A successor to past Forest Days and Agriculture and Rural Development Days, the Forum focuses on land use as a key sector for achieving global climate and sustainability goals, and brings together stakeholders from different land-use sectors. In previous years, Global Landscapes Forum coordinating partners have included the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers (CGIAR) Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Nature-based Solutions to Climate Change in Urban Areas Conference

Climate change has significant impact on society and biodiversity in Europe. Urban inhabitants are most likely to experience climate change effects directly because currently 75 per cent of Europeans live in urban areas. Here, management of urban ecosystems offer sustainable and cost-effective solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation while contributing to human well-being.

This joint European conference in Bonn will bring together experts from science, policy and practice to highlight and discuss the importance of nature-based solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation in urban areas and their rural surroundings. The aim of the conference is to increase knowledge and to foster linkages between science, policy and practice regarding nature-based solutions to meet the challenge of climate change in urban areas. In addition, emphasize is given to the potential of nature-based approaches to create co-benefits.

The conference will be opened by Prof. Jessel (BfN President) followed by keynotes by Dr. Bruynickx (EEA Executive Director) and Dr. Krull (chair of the H2020 expert group on nature-based solutions and re-naturing cities). Latest scientific findings on the impacts of climate change on European urban ecosystems will be discussed. Furthermore, the implementation of conservation measures and nature-based solutions within cities will be outlined. Interactive sessions will focus on case studies of successful nature-based projects and lessons learned. Resulting discussions of policy issues in climate change and nature conservation in European urban areas will lead to recommendations for creating synergies between ongoing policy processes, scientific programes and practical implementation.

Conference organizing team

German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ / German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), European Network of Heads of Nature Conservation Agencies (ENCA)

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8th ESP World Conference

The Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) is a worldwide network, founded in 2008, to enhance the science and practical application of ecosystem services. To facilitate the needed dialogue between scientists, policy makers and practitioners ESP organises an annual international conference in different parts of the world.

The 8th World ESP conference will be held in South Africa from 9-13 November 2015.

The central theme is ‘Ecosystem Services for Nature, People and Prosperity’. The conference will pay special attention to the public and private sector dialogue on how the ecosystem services concept can be used to support conservation, improve livelihoods and engage the business community.

We especially encourage delegates from businesses to attend the ESP conference in order to discuss challenges and opportunities in using the concept of ecosystem services to achieve conservation and sustainable use of our ‘natural capital’ within a market-context. The conference will provide an excellent platform to engage with experts who can generate solutions to these challenges and start making a difference in practice.

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SOCAP15 is the world’s leading conference on impact investing and social enterprise. Held in San Francisco, October 6-9, The event will unite innovators in business, tech, the sharing economy, health, philanthropy, and more to advance environmental and social causes.

SOCAP is a network of heart-centered investors, entrepreneurs, and social impact leaders who believe in an inclusive and socially responsible economy to address the world’s toughest challenges. Since 2008, SOCAP has created a platform where social impact leaders can connect and present their ideas to a global audience. Our annual flagship event in San Francisco is the largest conference for impact investors and social entrepreneurs and has drawn more than 10,000 people.

Learn more here.

EPA-USDA National Workshop on Water Quality Markets

USDA and EPA are cosponsoring a National Workshop on Water Quality Markets. This event is hosted by the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska and coordinated by The Conservation Fund. The Workshop will highlight recent progress in water quality trading across the country with an emphasis on policy, resources, and tool development. The Workshop will provide EPA and USDA with an opportunity to lay out their vision for the role of water quality markets in advancing conservation and water quality goals, and provide you with the tools to engage in water quality markets.

The Workshop will feature:

  • Regional water quality trading forums
  • Conservation finance opportunities
  • Stormwater trading
  • Payments for watershed services programs and other related environmental markets
  • Recent developments in Economics, Science & Technology
  • And much more…

Who should attend:

Agriculture and water resource professionals; including Federal, State and Local government representatives, NGOs, and agricultural, business and environmental stakeholders interested in water quality and environmental markets.

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Market-based Instruments for Ecosystem Services: Theroy and Practice for Decision-makers

Organised by Biodiversa, INVALUABLE, and IDDRI (Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations), this conference will create space to usefully engage all stakeholders and confront the latter’s experiences, views and needs to academic research in order to fill knowledge gaps between science and policy in biodiversity conservation.


Biodiversity and ecosystem services have continuously been eroded in the last 50 years, generating socio-economic costs and threatening human well-being. This calls for urgent action. In the context of stagnating public funding and official development assistance, the design and use of market-based instruments (MBIs) is thought to both incentivize and finance biodiversity conservation efficiently. Among other policy tools, payments for environmental services and biodiversity offsets are globally praised for their potential contribution.

Building on results from the INVALUABLE research project, a BiodivERsA (ERA-NET) programme jointly undertaken by several European partners and coordinated by IDDRI, this one-day conference aims at contributing to debates about MBIs, taking stock of their advantages and risks, and going ahead discussing their equitable, fair and efficient implementation on the ground.


For logistic reasons, prior registration to the conference is mandatory. Please kindly fill and send by e-mail the registration form displayed on this page to: [email protected]

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XVth IWRA World Water Congress

Held every three years since 1973, the World Water Congress is one of the most important events in the water field. The Congress provides a large cross-section of players from around the world and from all disciplines with a single forum to connect. The Congress not only allows stakeholders to share experiences and promote discussion, but also to present new knowledge, research and developments in the water discipline.

The Congress provides an important platform for placing vital water issues at the forefront of international thinking, policy and management. The XVth Congress follows this tradition through its main theme: Global Water, a Resource for Development: Opportunities, Challenges and Constraints

Go to the event website for more information.

How business can tackle deforestation – Understand deforestation risk, benchmark your policies and collaborate effectively with NGOs

How business can tackle deforestation is part of a global series of events combatting deforestation – this stage taking place in Washington, DC on 14th-15th April. By bringing together the corporate practitioners and NGOs that make a difference, the conference is designed to discuss the trends, debate the issues, connect the key players and drive change in the deforestation space. Already confirmed to participate are senior executives from the likes of Target, 3M, Greenpeace, Staples, Walmart, McDonald’s, Kimberly Clark, Wilmar, Johnson & Johnson, Dunkin’ Brands and many more. You can see the full details here.  

Climate Leadership Conference

The Climate Leadership Conference is your annual exchange for addressing global climate change through policy, innovation, and business solutions.

Forward-thinking leaders from business, government, academia, and the non-profit community convene to explore market transformation, share energy and climate related solutions, and provide support for those addressing climate change in their operations. CLC attendees gain value from the networking opportunities, insightful speakers and cutting edge content presented.
Why Attend? CLC is THE platform for powerful collaboration on climate.
  • Network with your peers — a global audience of executives, practitioners, and organizations addressing climate change in their operations.
  • Discover how new business opportunities, current policies, technologies, climate solutions and energy transformation will drive our low-carbon future.
  • CLC convenes around U.S. EPA’s prestigious Climate Leadership Awards — all conference attendees are invited to celebrate the 2015 winners at the awards dinner, February 24th.

Navigating the American Carbon World

The Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) 2015 conference, which will take place April 28-30 in Los Angeles, California.

NACW is North America’s largest and most comprehensive gathering for information and discussion around climate change policy and carbon markets. The conference offers comprehensive and up-to-date information and insights, prime networking opportunities with active participants in the carbon landscape, and the largest audience reach of any carbon market and climate policy event in North America.

In its thirteenth consecutive year, NACW 2015 will take a close look at the current status and future growth of California’s historic cap-and-trade program, other established and emerging carbon markets, potential linkages between markets, activity stemming from U.S. EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan, other national climate change policies and innovative environmental initiatives.

Sustainable Water Management Conference

The conference is presenting solutions for balancing the benefits of conservation with the costs, managing water resources, sustainable utilities and infrastructure, urban planning and design, energy efficiency, water conservation, stormwater and reuse.  

River Basin Management 2015 Conference

River Basin Management 2015 is the 8th Conference in a series of conferences which marks the growing international interest in the planning, design and management of river basin systems.

Changes in the landscape, use of the land and climate conditions lead to a continuous revaluation of river basin management objectives. This requires the development of better measuring tools as well as the use of increasingly accurate computer software.

The objective of this series of conferences is to bring together practitioners and researchers in academia and industry in the hope that their interaction will foster mutual understanding and lead to better solutions for river basins.  

6th SER World Conference on Ecological Restoration

ER 2015 in Manchester aims to be the major restoration event of the year. Building on recent successful world congresses and regional meetings such as SER Europe 2013 in Finland, we hope to attract a large number of academics and practitioners who will share good practice and network successfully in one of the homes of the industrial revolution.

The title: “Towards resilient ecosystems: restoring the urban, the rural and the wild” should provide something for everyone, whether working in highly urbanised, ex-agricultural, or natural wild environments. We mean this conference to be as inclusive as possible and are keen to showcase not only the important scientific developments, issues and solutions, but also the cultural, educational and artistic aspects of restoration ecology. We are hosting a wide range of different types of events during the conference period, with pre-conference training workshops, conference symposia posters, workshops, and oral presentations, as well as half day field trips to see landscapes at first hand.  

A large range of different organisations have given us their support and indicated their intention to participate. So whether you are a student of restoration ecology, a practitioner in the field, have an academic interest in the subject area, or whether you publish or provide equipment related to this topic, or are part of an allied organisation, we hold out a warm welcome and invite you to SER 2015 in Manchester next August.

National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference

The NMEBC Conference presents current and timely content and dialogue on important issues through interactive sessions, panels, moderated forums and training. Dialogue between bankers, regulators, customers/users, environmentalists and supporting government agencies is a primary focus of this annual conference. The Conference has grown to 400 + attendees that are serious about their participation in the Conference.  

First Water Stewardship Credit Auction March 2015

Meet Sustainability Goals. Offset Supply Chain Impacts. Support Farmers. Improve Water Quality.  

Private dollars have been invested in farm management practices to improve water quality, support farmers, and provide important ecosystem benefits in the Ohio River Basin, the world’s largest water quality trading project. Now, the resulting credits are available for purchase in the effort’s first public auction! Backed by science, metrics, and state approvals, “stewardship credits” can be applied toward sustainability goals, offsetting supply chain impacts, or even Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) obligations in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. 100% of proceeds are re-invested back into the Ohio River Basin Water Quality Trading program to advance more conservation.

Network with like-minds! The  auction  will be held in March 2015 in New York City.  

Must be physically present to participate. Must be pre-approved by February 1st. No non-participating observers.  

For more information, visit the  Ohio River Basin Trading Project website.

ACES 2014 Conference: Linking Science, Practice, and Decision Making

ACES: A Community on Ecosystem Services represents a dynamic and growing assembly of professionals, researchers, and policy makers involved with ecosystem services. The ACES 2014 Conference brings together this community in partnership with Ecosystem Markets and the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP), providing an open forum to share experiences, methods, and tools, for assessing and incorporating ecosystem services into public and private decisions. The focus of the conference is to link science, practice, and sustainable decision making by bringing together the ecosystem services community from around the United States and the globe. ACES 2014 will bring together leaders in government, NGOs, academia, Native American communities, and the private sector to advance the use of ecosystem services science and practice in conservation, restoration, resource management, and development decisions. We hope you will make plans to join more than 500 ecosystem service stakeholders in this collaborative discussion to advance use of an ecosystem services framework for natural resource management and policy.

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WaterSmart Innovation Conference

The purpose of this conference is to broaden the knowledge of innovations in urban water efficiency including products, policies, techniques and ideas. All topics related to innovations in water conservation will be considered. Potential topics include:

  • Water/Energy Production Nexus
  • Water Efficiency for Sustainable Building and Development
  • Conservation Policy, Enforcement and Administration
  • Community Outreach Programming
  • Water Efficient Technologies, Appliances and Fixtures
  • Alternative Water Supplies for Buildings and Communities—Reclaim/Recycle, Condensate and Rainwater Harvesting, Desalination Water Efficient Landscaping
  • Drought and Shortage Management
  • Water/Energy Relationships
  • Recycled/Reclaimed Water
  • Smart Irrigation Controllers
  • Commercial/Institutional
  • Conservation 101/How to Develop a Conservation Program
  • Social Marketing Related to Environmental Topics
  • Effluent Irrigation
  • Community Design with Water in Mind
  • Plumbing Code and Water Conservation
  • Education (youth and adult)
  • Water Loss Management

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World Green Infrastructure Congress

The Congress will present the latest technological developments, green industry awards, iconic best practice projects, research data, professional training workshops, Living Art competition and new areas of applications in the field of green infrastructure. It will serve as a surface + space where international urban greenery thought leaders from various disciplines may come together with architects, landscape architects, landscaper contractors, environmentalists, horticulturists, nursery growers and policymakers and stakeholders to examine the present and future trends of this growing sector.

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Climate Week NYC

By providing an international platform for government, business and civil society to work together on low carbon solutions, Climate Week NYC will show the world there are clear opportunities and many benefits in joining the global ‘clean revolution’.

This year, Climate Week NYC will be the collaborative space for all related events in support of the UN Climate Summit. We will be home to over 60 events, activities and high-profile meetings taking place across NYC’s five boroughs.

More information at www.climateweeknyc.org.

16th Annual BIOECON Conference

The BIOECON Partners are pleased to announce the Sixteenth Annual International BIOECON conference on the theme of “Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainability”. The conference will be of interest to both researchers and policy makers working on issues broadly in the area of biodiversity, ecosystem services, sustainable development and natural capital, in both developed and developing countries. The conference takes a broad interest in the area of resource management, development and conservation, including but not limited to: the role of biodiversity and ecosystem services in economic development, plant genetic resources and food security issues, deforestation and development, fisheries and institutional adaptation, development and conservation, wildlife conservation, and international trade and regulation. The conference will have sessions on economic development, growth and biodiversity conservation, as well as on institutions and institutional change pertaining to the management of living resources.

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One Water Leadership (OWL) Summit

Early Bird Registration for this year’s One Water Leadership (OWL) Summit is open with reduced rates! Join the 5th annual event September 15 – 17, in Kansas City. Invited keynotes include: President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Mayor of Sacramento Kevin Johnson and U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. Spotlight Communities will drive the national conversation on water as the centerpiece for urban sustainability, developing green infrastructure and resource recovery. Attendees and presenters will reflect the broad scope of stakeholders needed to rethink and renew our cities with resilience for a changing climate. Join water leaders, sustainability directors, transportation, parks and recreation officials, as well as business leaders, non-profit organizations, and regulators as we drive the paradigm shift for water sustainability.

For more information and to register, click here.

Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference 2014

The emphasis of this Seventh international ESP conference will be on the use of the ecosystem services concept at the local level, focusing on Latin America with a special emphasis on Costa Rica. Scientists representing several EU-funded projects will present their results on Community Based Ecosystem Management. Don’t miss your chance to interact and exchange ideas with the rapidly growing network of ESP members, practitioners, educators, policy-makers, researchers, and many others from all continents. Be part of special sessions and working-groups producing outcomes ranging from journal articles, white papers, book chapters, grant proposals, database structures, websites, and much more. The deadline for the submission of abstracts for posters is June 15th and July 6th.

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World Water Week: Energy and Water

World Water Week is hosted and organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and takes place in Stockholm. The World Water Week has been the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues since 1991. Every year, SIWI provides a platform for over 200 collaborating organisations to convene events at the World Water Week. In addition, individuals from around the globe present their findings at the scientific workshops. Early Bird discount rate is available till 30 June.

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Making Waves in Conservation: 69th SWCS International Annual Conference

The 69th Annual International Conference of the Soil and Water Conservation Society takes place this July in Lombard, Illinois.

From the Great Lakes to the coast, our use of the land impacts major bodies of water. Whether it be the large freshwater lakes of the United States and Canada, the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean; or the other lakes, seas, and oceans of the world, these terminal waters tell the story of what is happening upstream. This year, we consider challenges and progress in nutrient management, erosion and sediment control, nonpoint source and watershed policy, and other issues influencing the health and productivity of our soils and large water bodies. We have an opportunity to reflect upon decades of hard work and to acknowledge the progress of land managers, farmers, advisors, and scientists. We can also recognize failure and emerging problems, with a focus on innovatively moving forward to develop and implement best practices and improve outcomes. Collectively we can make waves in conservation by coming together to share ideas, explore opportunities, and face the challenge of our life on land and its impact on water.

For more information and to register, click here.  

Addressing Drought and Water Scarcity: Solutions for Safeguarding the Global Food System in the 21st Century

Agriculture is feeling the brunt of prolonged droughts at home and abroad. While California, Colorado, and Texas are having one of the worst droughts on record, numerous other countries are also dealing with water shortages, including Brazil, northern India, northern China, south and central Australia, and every European nation around the Black Sea.

With 70% of fresh water resources already used for agriculture, new challenges from population growth and changing weather patterns will create greater strains on the global food supply. Please join us to discuss the latest impacts of the California drought and the broader implications of a world facing water scarcity.

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Webinar: U.S. Corporate Water Risks: Closing the Gap between Concern and Action

A 2014 survey of major U.S. corporations by the Pacific Institute and VOX Global found that 60% of companies believe water challenges will negatively affect business growth and profitability within five years. More than 80% said it will affect their decision on where to locate facilities. This is a stark increase from five years ago, when fewer than 20% of responding companies were concerned about water risks. During this one-hour webinar, in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center, Pacific Institute, VOX Global, and WASH Advocates, attendees will discuss these findings and explore the gap between concern and action. Attendees will hear private sector case studies, as well as steps companies can take to identify water risks and opportunities, and how to make the business case for action.

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To No Net Loss of Biodiversity and Beyond

This gathering will be the first global conference on approaches to avoid, minimise, restore, and offset biodiversity loss. It will bring together experts and professionals from business, governments, financial institutions, NGOs, civil society and research, and intergovernmental institutions with an interst in demonstrating no net loss and preferably a net gain of biodiversity.

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Ecosystems, Economy and Society: How Large-Scale Restoration Can Stimulate Sustainable Development

For the 7th edition of its Future Environmental Trends Conference Programme, the Veolia Environment Institute organizes jointly with Agence Française de Développement, International Union for Conservation of Nature and US National Research Council Water Science and Technology Board an international event on “Ecosystems, Economy and Society: how large-scale restoration can stimulate sustainable development”.

It will provide an international platform for scientists, practitioners, NGOs, business leaders and policymakers to discuss remarkable case studies, best practices and share better insights on the potential of large-scale ecosystem restoration for the improvement of people’s livelihoods, jobs creation and socio-economic development, together with the recovery of ecosystems functionalities, continuity and biodiversity.

Read more about the event here.  

Ecosystems, Economy and Society: How Large-Scale Restoration Can Stimulate Sustainable Development

For the 7th edition of its Future Environmental Trends Conference Programme, the Veolia Environment Institute organizes jointly with Agence Française de Développement, International Union for Conservation of Nature and US National Research Council Water Science and Technology Board an international event on “Ecosystems, Economy and Society: how large-scale restoration can stimulate sustainable development”.

It will provide an international platform for scientists, practitioners, NGOs, business leaders and policymakers to discuss remarkable case studies, best practices and share better insights on the potential of large-scale ecosystem restoration for the improvement of people’s livelihoods, jobs creation and socio-economic development, together with the recovery of ecosystems functionalities, continuity and biodiversity.

Read more about the event here.