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Environmental markets' news & resources: species, wetlands, habitat and biodiversity.

From May 2013, Madsen Environmental has handed over these reins. I'll continue the focus and trends of Nature+Economics here, and post on similar themes. Follow, suggest a Scoop, and offer advice and feedback as I curate
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Oregon's Freshwater Trust wins grant to coordinate watershed restoration projects - OregonLive.com

Oregon's Freshwater Trust wins grant to coordinate watershed restoration projects - OregonLive.com | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it
Oregon's Freshwater Trust wins grant to coordinate watershed restoration projectsOregonLive.comBy Eric Mortenson, The Oregonian Freshwater Trust, a Portland non-profit that works to improve the health of Pacific Northwest watersheds, has received a...

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Corps projects mitigating damage from rebuilding levees unveiled

Corps projects mitigating damage from rebuilding levees unveiled | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it

The Army Corps of Engineers expects to spend more than $250 million on environmental restoration projects to offset damage caused by the construction of improvements to the New Orleans area levee system in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

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Pat Durkin column: Wetlands mitigation's end result isn't what Welch advertises

Pat Durkin column: Wetlands mitigation's end result isn't what Welch advertises | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it

Good example of argument against wetland banking. Pretty snarky: "Translation [of concept of weltand mitigation]: My friends want to develop a 100-acre cedar bog that took nature 10,000 years to create. They'll swap you 120 acres of land 150 miles away that's half as valuable. Then they'll bulldoze some berms to collect run-off and seepage. For a few weeks most years you'll have a cute duck pond; frogs, cattails, the works. Sign right here."

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Noodles, koalas and land deals

Noodles, koalas and land deals | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it
Noodles, koalas and land deals...

Questioning political donations and ties to approval of first biodiversity offsets for koalas in Queensland, Australia.

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Labels, Markets, and the Law: Salmon Scores a Triple - Ecosystem Marketplace

Labels, Markets, and the Law: Salmon Scores a Triple - Ecosystem Marketplace | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it
Ecosystem MarketplaceLabels, Markets, and the Law: Salmon Scores a TripleEcosystem Marketplace12 March 2012 | One of the trickiest aspects in the world of environmental markets is encouraging people to get involved – an activity that usually...
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Wetland mitigation option could help fund small forests and riparian conservation - Omak Okanogan County Chronicle

Wetland mitigation option could help fund small forests and riparian conservation - Omak Okanogan County Chronicle | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it
Wetland mitigation option could help fund small forests and riparian conservationOmak Okanogan County ChronicleChris Gregoire plans to sign a bill on Monday, March 19, that would allow project planners an option to fund environmental programs if...
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Ecological Economist, Center for the Environment | The International ...

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Primary duties include, but are not limited to conducting research related to a five-year NSF funded initiative on the interactions among climate, land use, ecosystem services, and society; developing a research program that ...
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CIFOR Forests Blog » Rio+20’s sustainable development discussions must adapt to consider ecosystem services

CIFOR Forests Blog » Rio+20’s sustainable development discussions must adapt to consider ecosystem services | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it
BOGOR, Indonesia (14 March, 2012)_The invisible services that forests provide – such as recharging groundwater and preventing soil erosion– should be actively harnessed as a means to adapt to the effects of climate change, but risk being overlooked...
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Conservation meets capitalism in Florida : Nature News & Comment

Conservation meets capitalism in Florida : Nature News & Comment | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it
An alternative financial strategy for coral-reef restoration as government funding dries up.

I think this was a PERC Enviropreneur who started this project/proposal.

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Cocky carnage - inMyCommunity - Perth, Western Australia

Cocky carnage - inMyCommunity - Perth, Western Australia | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it

Example of a Western Australia biodiversity offset. $600k from airport development, going to restoring cockatoo habitat via weed mgmt and mapping, topsoil transfer to create habitat.

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Mitigation program preparing to take Navy money

Navy setting up ILF for mitigation for explosives handling wharf. Still working out detail of financial assurances. Article notes another WA project in King County "...was required to provide financial assurances in the form of a "political promise" to consider how to pay for unforeseen expenses." 'Political promise'? Not very reassuring!

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Pricing the Priceless, the business case for action on biodiversity

28th November 2011This report, "Pricing the Priceless, the business case for action on biodiversity", finds that protecting biodiversity and introducing new frameworks to incorporate the value of nature into decision making will be vital to safeguard long-term economic growth.

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The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity: TEEB @ Yale | Yale’s Environment School

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity: TEEB @ Yale | Yale’s Environment School | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it

Amazing resource. I'm a bit overwhelmed by the sheer volume of videos available, but if I wanted a free education on ecosystem services, I'd start here.

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WBCSD Business Ecosystem Training (BET)

Pretty new tool to "increase the knowledge and understanding of the links between ecosystems and business." Nice, free communications tools.

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Good One! Communicating Ecosystem Services | Ecosystem Commons

Good One! Communicating Ecosystem Services | Ecosystem Commons | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it

I got up on the Soapbox to talk about communicating ecosystem services - and provided a few examples.

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Communities help pay for ecosystem services provided by forests

Communities help pay for ecosystem services provided by forests | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it
Watershed partnerships between communities and the federal government help make ratepayers more responsible for the health of their water supply.
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What Woodland Owners Should Know About Forest Carbon Offsets in the U.S. South | WRI Insights

What Woodland Owners Should Know About Forest Carbon Offsets in the U.S. South | WRI Insights | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it
What Woodland Owners Should Know About Forest Carbon Offsets in the U.S.
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Value Ecosystems - Not Just Crops - When Managing Water Use, says UN Report - UNEP

Value Ecosystems - Not Just Crops - When Managing Water Use, says UN Report - UNEP | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it
Services provided by forests, mangroves and other ecosystems should be taken into account when managing water use, says a new report from UNEP.
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