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Last month the Director of Forest Trends' Biodiversity Initiative, Kerry ten Kate, invited listeners to imagine a world where development and the environment were no longer at odds and a healthy economy resulted in a net gain of species and habitat. 

During a TEDx Talk at Scotland's University of Stirling, ten Kate introduced the crowd to biodiversity offsets, explaining how following the mitigation hierarchy can steer society to achieve a lasting net positive impact on biodiversity. 

Speaking of biodiversity offsets, the US's largest offset provider, Resource Environmental Solutions, has a new investor in the global firm KKR. The two firms announced the collaboration late last month, though they didn't reveal the financial extent of their partnership.

"Our partnership with KKR allows us to complete our nationwide delivery model and evolve into a global supplier of ecological solutions,” said Elliot Bouillion, the President and CEO of RES.

New research brings relatively bad news this month. As long as human populations continue to impact forests, simply curbing deforestation isn't enough to save wildlife. And the most biologically diverse parts of the Earth, the tropics, spend far less on conservation than temperate nations.

The good news is researchers believe culturally appropriate conservation efforts can cause more finance to flow toward species and habitat.

More good news: Peru's Amarakaeri indigenous people have won a major award! Canopy Bridge named the group's indigenous organization, Eka Amarakaeri, the winner of its Innovative Experiences in Latin America Prize for its sustainable Brazil nut initiative. The initiative promotes sustainable timber and is creating employment opportunities and empowering local communities, particularly women. The organization receives a $5,000 prize and will use the funds to expand its initiative.

And for a fun and fascinating read, How A Single Tweet Brought A Panamanian Chef And Rainforest Communities Together, tells the story of how social media propelled a chef on a successful journey to sustainably harvest rainforest ingredients that empowers local communities.  

- The Ecosystem Marketplace Team

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Latest News

Think Net Positive

Kerry ten Kate, Director of Forest Trends’ Biodiversity Initiative, was recently invited to give a TEDx Talk at the University of Stirling. In her talk, she addresses the apparent conflict between developing a healthy and stable economy on the one hand and the preservation of our natural resources on the other hand. Introducing the concept of the mitigation hierarchy and planning for a “Net Positive Impact on biodiversity” ten Kate presents a practical approach for reconciling environment and development.

Watch it here.

The Six Ways "Business" Sees Climate Change

We can’t fix the climate mess without involving the private sector – but what do we mean by "the private sector," and how does it think? The business world is massive and diverse, says environmental economist Mark Trexler, who nonetheless proposes six frames of thought that guide the thinking of most business on the subject of climate change.

Ecosystem Marketplace has the story.

What Does Brexit Mean For Illegal Logging And The Global Timber Trade?

In a new information brief, Forest Trends’ Forest Policy, Trade and Finance program takes a close look at the implications of Britain’s exit from the European Union on efforts to curb trade in illegal timber. They sum up six key questions in a recent blog post, reminding those concerned that all EU law remains in force in the UK until the two-year process of leaving is completed.

Keep reading at Ecosystem Marketplace.

Peru’s Amarakaeri Indigenous People Win Conservation Prize To Ramp Up Sustainable Brazil Nut Harvesting

All across Latin America, indigenous people are struggling to maintain their traditional way of life while also participating in the modern economy. In Peru, the Eca Amarakaeri indigenous organization has won the Innovative Experiences in Latin America Prize to scale up its sustainable Brazil nut extraction activities.

Keep reading here.

How A Single Tweet Brought A Panamanian Chef And Rainforest Communities Together

Chefs across Latin America are leveraging cuisine as a vehicle for sustainable food production and forest protection. Here, Forest Trends’ Will Tucker explores how this thinking influenced a chef working in Panama City, taking him on a journey that began with a single tweet and has since led to a program sourcing rainforest ingredients sustainably while empowering communities.

Ecosystem Marketplace has the story.


Here's the Deal

Paying Landowners to do the Right Thing

The Rainforest Alliance's new president says sustainability leaders must find a way to make sustainable land-use monetarily attractive and deforestation not. During an event in May, he highlights the role Payments for Ecosystem Services projects play.

Learn more here.

New Partnership Signals Steady Supply of Mitigation and Money

The global investment firm, KKR announced it's making a significant investment in the US' largest provider of ecological solutions, Resource Environmental Solutions (RES). Though the firms didn't disclose financial details, KKR says RES will participate in its Green Solutions Platform.

Keep reading here.

Walking the Walk on Net Positive Impact in Nicaragua

The Nicaraguan development firm responsible for the country's proposed Grand Canal Project says it's committed to achieving a net positive environmental impact with the project. To help achieve this, the firm is partnering with a Nicaraguan NGO to develop biodiversity management action plans, which includes offsets.

Learn more at Sand and Gravel.

Preparing for a Gulf Coast Mitigation Gold Rush

Mitigation Solutions USA released further details about a new permittee-responsible mitigation project on the Gulf Coast in Texas. MSUSA anticipates greater market demand thanks to a construction boom in the region.

Read it at Business Wire.

Mitigation Money Finances US' Largest Streambank Restoration Project

Resource Environmental Solutions broke ground late last month on a mitigation banking project that is slated to be the largest streambank restoration project in the US Northeast. The project is funded by two energy companies compensating for their impact on wetlands.

The Observer-Reporter has the story.

Louisiana Parish in Need of Mitigation Chooses Banking 

Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana will purchase thousands of dollars' worth of credits from a mitigation bank as part of its compensation for damaging wetlands when repairing a local levee.

Read more at Houma Today.

Mobilizing Collective Action for Nature and Society

Natural and social systems are complex and intertwined. The Natural Capital Coalition advocates for collaboration and partnerships among all levels of government and sectors of society.

Keep reading at Huffington Post.

Policy Watch

Coercion or Steadfast Protection in the US Fish and Wildlife Service?

A former US Fish and Wildlife Service official working in law enforcement suggests the agency is treading dangerously close to coercion when it insists private companies make voluntary payments to fund mitigation for legal environmental impacts.

Keep reading at The Hill.

Biodiversity Bill Angers Everyone in Australia

It seems no one is happy with a draft biodiversity bill in Australia's New South Wales state. Farmers, the very bloc the bill was meant to please, have expressed deep displeasure with it and indicated their industry group will oppose it.

Learn more here.

For more info on the bill, read Lexology's summary.


New Research

Finding the Will and Way to Conserve Earth's Biodiversity Hotspots

Though most of Earth's biodiversity can be found in the tropics, new research shows countries in these regions spend less on conservation than temperate nations. And while weak governance and poverty factor in significantly, report authors recommend promoting culturally appropriate conservation efforts in order to boost funding for biodiversity.   

Science Daily has the story.

Stopping Tree Chopping isn't Enough to curb Biodiversity Loss

New research concludes halting deforestation isn't enough to stem biodiversity loss in a meaningful way.  Findings reveal human disturbances such as logging and wildfire continue to significantly impact wildlife, serving as another reminder of the interconnected state of tropical forests.

Learn more here.

The Lesser Prairie Chicken Spin Zone

Numbers from the latest aerial survey on lesser prairie chicken populations reveal an apparent decline in the species. The entity tasked with recovering the bird is downplaying the numbers, saying prairie chicken populations fluctuate regularly though some conservation organizations are expressing more concern.

Read the whole story here.




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