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Understanding markets: General Information >>


Federal Resources >>
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ERS Report: “The Use of Markets to Increase Private Investment in Environmental Stewardship” >>   Valuing Ecosystem Services >>
     

The Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) >>

  Natural Resources Credit Trading Reference >>
     
Baselines in Environmental Markets >>   Ecosystem Services, Markets, and the US FWS >>

 

Other Resources >>
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Innovations in Watershed-Based Conservation in the United States: Payments for Watershed Services for Agricultural and Forest Landowners >>     Business and Ecosystems: Markets for Ecosystem Services-- New Challenges and Opportunities for Business and the Environment>>  
     
UNEP: Vital Graphics on Payment for Ecosystem Services- Realizing Nature’s Value>>  
 
  Markets for Ecosystem Services: A Potential Tool for Multilateral Environmental Agreements >>  
 
     
Payments for Environmental Services: Some nuts and bolts >>     Ecosystem Accounting Protocol: Increasing the Effectiveness of Investments in the Environment >>  
     

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions-- Integrating Large-Scale Planning into Environmental Markets and Related Programs: Status and Trends >>  

   

 

Ecosystem Services >>


Natural assets such as rivers, forests, grasslands and wetlands benefit society through the ecosystem services they provide, including water purification, air quality improvements, and flood protection, among other benefits. However, these services are frequently left out of resource management decisions because they aren’t easily quantified or assigned a monetary value. As a result, society undervalues these environmental benefits, contributing to the loss of natural systems. Environmental markets can provide incentives to preserve ecosystems and the services they provide.
 

Federal Resources >>
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Forest Service Ecosystem Services Site >>   Caring for Our Natural Assets: An Ecosystem Services Perspective >>
     
Integrating Ecosystem Services into US Forest Service Programs and Operations >>   Valuing Ecosystem Services >>
     
From Forest to Faucet: Drinking Water as an Ecosystem Service >>   NIFA Ecosystems Program >>

 

Other Resources >>
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Federal Resource Management and Ecosystem Services Guidebook >>  
 
  Taking Stock: Payments for Forest Ecosystem Services in the United States >>  
 
Nature as capital: Advancing and incorporating ecosystem services in United States federal policies and programs >>  
 
  Council on Food, Agricultural & Resource Economics: Report on the Valuation of Ecosystem Services from Farms and Forests >>  
 
Ecosystem Services: A Guide for Decision Makers >>  
 
   

 

Water Quality Market Resources >>


Federal Resources >>
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In it Together: A How-To Reference for Building Point-Nonpoint Water Quality Trading Programs >>   Addressing Risk and Uncertainty in Water Quality Trading Markets >>
     
Nitrogen in Agricultural Systems: Implications for Conservation Policy >>   Current and Potential Roles for Government in Facilitating Water Quality Markets  >>
     
National Agricultural Library Water Quality Spotlight >>   How Can Conservation Programs Effectively Interact With Environmental Markets? >>
     
US EPA Water Quality Trading Toolkit >>   EPA/USDA Water Quality Trading Roadmap >>
     

2015 USDA-EPA National Workshop on Water Quality Trading 

Presentations >>

Resources >>

2015 EPA-USDA National Workshop on Water Quality Markets Report-Out >>

  Comparing Participation in Nutrient Trading by Livestock Operations to Crop Producers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed >>

 

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Building a Water Quality Trading Program: Options and Considerations  >>     Getting Paid for Stewardship: An Agricultural Community Water Quality Trading Guide >>  
     
Building a Total Maximum Daily Load to Better Support Water Quality Trading >>     American Farmland Trust: Protecting Water Quality >>  
     
Verification for Markets in Water Quality and Habitat >>     Innovations in Market-Based Watershed Conservation in the United States: Payments for Watershed Services for Agricultural and Forest Landowners >>  

 

Carbon Market Resources >>


Federal Resources >>
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USDA Climate Change Program Office >>   Agricultural Land Tenure and Carbon Offsets >>
     
USDA Forest Service Climate Change Resource Center >>   Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Options and Costs for Agricultural Land and Animal Production within the United States >>
     
The Economics of Sequestering Carbon in the US Agriculture Sector >>   NRCS AgLearn Courses on Air Quality, Energy and Climate (available for IDP credit) >>

 

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Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Opportunities for Livestock Management in the US >>     Innovation Center for US Dairy >>  
     
State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2015 >>     California Air Resources Board Compliance Offset Program >>  
     
State of the Forest Carbon Markets 2014 >>     Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Offsets >>  

 

Habitat and Species Market Resources >>


Federal Resources >>
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Habitat Conservation Planning and Incidental Take Permit Processing Handbook >>     Conservation Banking: Incentives for Stewardship >>                                                                                      
     
Measuring Up: Synchronizing Biodiversity Measurement Systems for Markets and Other Incentive Programs >>   US Fish & Wildlife Service >>  
     
Endangered Species Recovery Credits: Questions and Answers >>                  

 

Other Resources >>
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Environmental Incentives Habitat Projects >>     EDF Habitat Exchanges >>                                                                      
     
WRI Insights from the Field: Forests for Species and Habitat >>     Incentives for Biodiversity Conservation >>  
     
Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies >>      

 

Wetland Market Resources >>


Federal Resources >>
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EPA Wetland Mitigation Banking Factsheet >>     Implementing Financial Assurance for Mitigation Project Success >>  
     
2008 Mitigation Rule >>    

The Role of In Lieu Fee Programs in Providing Off-Site Compensatory Mitigation >>

     
Wetland Mitigation Banking (NRCS) >>    

 

Other Resources >>
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National Mitigation Banking Association >>     Environmental Law Institute Compensatory Mitigation Research >>  
     
RIBITS >>      
     
State of Watershed Investments 2014 >>