A New California Case Study Finds Eco-Assets Boost Property Sale Price
Assessing property for the endangered species it saves or wetlands it preserves could pay off for some landowners, says a California-based firm researching ecosystem markets. According to the firmâ€™s latest case study, sale price tripled for a property in San Benito County, California once it considered eco-asset market values.
The AshÃ¡ninka People Of The Amazon Are Saving The Forest, And Doing It Their Way
A quarter-century ago, the AshÃ¡ninka people reclaimed a portion of their ancestral territory in the Amazon rainforest and embarked on a journey toward self-rule and sustainable development â€“ sparking in the process the creation of an indigenous ecosystem services protocol that could have repercussions for indigenous people across the Amazon.
Keep reading at Ecosystem Marketplace.
Fighting Climate Change From 36,000 Feet
As member states to the United Nationâ€™s International Civil Aviation Organization finalize a market-based measure to reduce emissions from airplanes, Forest Trends President, Michael Jenkins, urges them to include REDD+ programs. Such an inclusion would not only boost tropical forest protection, Jenkins says, but it would also deliver benefits to biodiversity and local and indigenous communities.
New Mapping Data Reveals Major Growth In Eco Markets
Environmental markets have grown dramatically across the United States, thanks in part to measures implement by the Obama administration, but the exact growth has been difficult to quantify and understand. A new â€œAtlas of Ecosystem Marketsâ€ aims to change that by distilling data from several sources into a clear, simple, mapping tool for regulators, researchers, and users.
Learn more at Ecosystem Marketplace.
HERE'S THE DEAL
Breaking Protocol to Protect the Planet
Proponents for the Natural Capital Protocol that launched in July are curious to see how companies will use it. The protocol is meant to inform businesses on their natural capital management; its creators are hoping companies integrate natcap concepts into every aspect of their business planning.
Get the details on The Huffington Post.
The Natural Capital Protocol was also a big topic of conversation at this month's Natural Capital Summit in Madrid, Spain.
Read about the summit here.
Largest Mitigation Provider in the US gets Bigger
Earlier this month, the ecological restoration company Resource Environmental Solutions acquired Angler Environmental, a US company that offers green infrastructure solutions among other services. RES says the addition of Angler bolsters its ability to deliver comprehensive ecological solutions.
Learn more from Business Wire.
$1M Grasslands Offset Deal in Saskatchewan
K+S Potash inked a deal earlier this month with the Nature Conservancy of Canada to contribute nearly $1 million (CAD) to a grasslands offset project in Saskatchewan. The project, planned to conserve 402 hectares of high-value grassland, will offset impacts to 194 hectares of grasslands resulting from the K+S Legacy mine project.
CBC has coverage.
Wetland Restoration Gains Traction in Mississippi
A global automotive supplier that's building a new vehicle tire plant in Mississippi is also investing in the state's ecosystems. Continental is funding $5 million worth of stream and wetland restoration and partnering with a local conservation group to administer implementation.
PR Newswire has more.
Grand Plans for Wetland Restoration in Massachusetts
Environmental groups and state wildlife officials are attempting to pull off the largest freshwater wetland restoration project to date Massachusetts, at a marsh near Plymouth. The project recently received thousands of dollars in state funding but will require at least $3 million to complete.
Keep reading at the Boston Globe.
Down Under Development Deal puts Offsets in an Unfavorable Light
Despite an agreement to use biodiversity offsets to compensate for its ecological impact, a development project in New South Wales, Australia has plowed ahead without securing offsets. The company involved in the project requested an extension for its offsetting requirement, giving ammunition to offsetting opponents in government who argue the practice is a scam.
Read more at the Daily Telegraph.
Also in New South Wales, the Environment Department cited a lack of information on biodiversity impacts and offsets as a main reason to not sign off on a new mining operation.
The Newcastle Herald has more.
ACTs for Sage Grouse Conservation
A multi-billion-dollar natural gas project in Wyoming is putting greater sage grouse conservation plans to the test. The project is still in early stages but some environmentalists are expressing mild concern about the effectiveness of the plans' mitigation provisions.
Read more at the Casper Star Tribune.
New Permit Request for Florida Mitigation Bank but Old Questions Remain
Just days after a Florida politician and developer withdrew a permit application for a controversial mitigation bank, he reapplied with a slightly altered plan. However, the new plan is still next to an active construction site and will trim down the site's mangroves - an unusual move for a mitigation bank.
Read more at the Bradenton Herald.
Motivation without Mandates: Is it Possible?
Critics of voluntary conservation approaches in the US, such as for the Southern Great Plain's lesser prairie chicken, can add this to their argument: new research from Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania suggests that without the threat of regulation, industry will do little to improve their practices.
The Earth Island Journal has more.
Time for Biodiversity to Go Political
A Harvard University researcher says if scientists really want to save biodiversity, they must stop focusing on more and better data and get involved in the political process. This will give biodiversity a seat at the global table and a voice to truly inform change.
Nature has the whole argument.
Species of Western Australia: Welcome Back!
Western Australia is attempting to restore one of its island's natural ecosystems by reintroducing native species. Restoration on Dirk Hartog Island began in 2012 and has included the removal of several non-native species such as goats and sheep that were adversely affecting the natives.
SBS News has more.
Putting the Wild Things Back in the UK Countryside
The United Kingdom is considering rewilding its countryside with native flora and fauna including some big animals such as lynx and wolves. It's a big idea, however, with significant implications - not all positive - for rural communities.
Jennifer Sellick of Rose Regeneration explains in detail.
Conference to Fight Illegal Wildlife Trade Draws a Big Crowd
Johannesburg, South Africa hosted the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora that ran from late last month into October. Trade controls for some marine life, protections for certain rosewood species and poaching were among the many main topics.
The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development provides a summary on many of the conference's key trade decisions.