The Environmental Credits Workshop will be used to study and discuss the challenges that arise when market-based mechanisms are used to encourage changes in practices on the land in order to achieve environmental goals. The primary focus will be on carbon sequestration and nutrient run-off reductions, though lessons will be applicable to a wide range of environmental issues.
The workshop is jointly sponsored by Texas A&M University, Environmental Defense, and The Environmental Trading Network, with funding from USEPA. Participants will include stakeholders, practitioners, policy makers, and analysts. The workshop will inform participants about trading mechanisms and the challenges that arise when credits are generated by land-use changes. Policies and approaches that might be used to respond to the specific challenges that arise in such programs will be discussed.