Since the creation of the 2014 Farm Bill, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS) innovative Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) has awarded more than $600 million for 199 partner-led projects. And now, the USDA will be providing another $260 million for conservation partnership programs that will help improve water quality, support wildlife, protect agriculture, and more.
There was a lot of talk about deforestation at the latest round of international climate talks in December 2015, and it’s no mystery why: Tropical deforestation and forest degradation account for as much as 19 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions today.
This report is the first step in a larger collaboration with the TKF Foundation to develop a set of communications strategies and tools that can elevate public and policymaker support for making experiences of nature readily accessible to all residents of America’s cities.
The forests, farms and fields of the United States sponge up roughly 15 percent of the country’s industrial greenhouse gas emissions, but that carbon sink is under threat as forests age, urban areas expand, and the climate changes.
Earth Genome, along with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, scientists at institutions such as Arizona State University, and a group of seven pilot companies, has embarked on a quest to demystify the nexus between environmental data and financial value — a field broadly referred to as natural capital.
Research published in the journal Global Environmental Change reveals a tough but critical issue for REDD+ conservation schemes to grapple with. Sometimes, the research shows, the social safeguards included to ensure that vulnerable forest communities are not further marginalized by conservation programs fail to actually benefit the people they are designed to help.
On Nov. 3, President Barack Obama issued a memorandum calling for environmental markets to develop large-scale solutions that lead to a net benefit for the environment. Environmental markets pay landowners to provide ecosystem services such as water purification and retention, species habitat, or carbon sequestration.
We are pleased to announce that the Conservation Finance Network’s 2016 Boot Camp training course is being held in partnership with the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University from June 6 to 10.