Maryland Releases Final Report on Ecosystem Services
Governor O'Malley recently released the final report on market-based approaches to recovering ecosystem services completed by the Ecosystem Services Working Group in October 2011. A copy of the full report can be downloaded here.
15th Annual National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference
The conference will be held on May 8-11, 2012 in Sacramento, California. The conference was established to foster improved communication and education within this growing industry and remains the only national conference that brings together key regulators, banks, users, and providers of services in the mitigation, conservation, and ecosystem banking marketplace. To learn more about the conference visit the conference website.
The Environmental Trading Network (ETN)
is dedicated to sharing information related to the development and implementation of successful water quality trading programs and other market-based strategies for achieving healthy, sustainable ecosystems. It is the only national clearinghouse for key policy and regulatory issues, and transferable water quality trading program design elements.
The ETN originated as the
Great Lakes Trading Network in 1996 to support a Water Quality Trading
Demonstration Project in the Kalamazoo River Basin of Michigan. With funding from the Great Lakes Protection
Fund, its purpose was to share new information on trading within the broader
Great Lakes Basin. Immediately, there
was national interest in the subject as several other ongoing trading pilot
projects in the U.S. desired to be a part of this information exchange. As such, a name change to the ETN occurred in
1998. Since that time, the network has
maintained its principal focus on water quality trading, though other
environmental market information has been added over the years.
The goals of the ETN are to obtain, generate and disseminate
information on trading programs, increase public awareness and support for
facilitate implementation of programs established by state and
federal environmental regulations through information sharing. Further information on the ETN organization and past projects is available under "ETN Projects".
On this website, you will find information about the latest trading news
related to policy, research, and program development. Current trading
programs and research, as well as state and federal trading regulations and
policies can be found under their specific topics for water quality, water quantity, and other ecological markets.