What are environmental markets?
What are Environmental Markets? >>
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. These markets are an innovative policy approach to increasing funding for environmental conservation and are often viewed as a complement to traditional conservation programs. Current active and pilot markets exist for greenhouse gasses, water quality, water quantity, wetlands, and habitats.
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|Water Quality Markets||Wetland Markets|
|Water Quantity Markets||Habitat and Biodiversity Markets|
Featured Resources >>
Guide to Environmental Markets for Farmers and Ranchers
NRCS Environmental Market Success Stories
|The Role of Agriculture in Reducing Greenhouse Gasses
This economic brief describes how agriculture could play a prominent role in U.S. efforts to address climate change if farms and ranches undertake activities that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions or take greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere.