Tag: ecosystem services

USDA-funded water project in Oklahoma

Conservation Partnerships with Water Utilities

This article by Eve Boyce and Marcy Lyman is part of the Conservation Finance Network Toolkit, a resource designed for professionals who want to learn or communicate about the industry. In an increasing number of communities across the country, utilities are working with conservation groups to ensure the ecosystem services provided by healthy watersheds are protected and maintained. This strategy doesn’t simply provide cost savings to water companies. It can also create a new source of funding and constituencies for land conservation.

Stormwater Credits in D.C. Could Provide a Blueprint for Other Cities

Taking advantage of a unique credit-trading program in Washington, D.C. that could be replicated in other cities, The Nature Conservancy has partnered with Encourage Capital and Prudential Financial to set up a $1.7-million loan for stormwater management to protect the Potomac and Anacostia rivers. The investment will reduce water pollution, develop rain gardens, and cool urban heat islands. It will also prevent flooding due to climate change and severe weather.

Colorful Software Facilitates Corporate Conservation Investment

It can be a murky process for managers to delve into the performance of their corporate investments in environmental conservation and track their outcomes. Now, two tools, IRIS and iPAR, can work together to provide a visually attractive way to watch how these investments are performing. iPAR was released for public use on April 26.

White House Values Societal Benefits of Ecosystem Conservation

The White House has issued a directive to point federal agencies toward building ecosystem services valuation into their plans, investments and regulations. This directive, released on Oct. 7, will help agencies synthesize conservation’s ecosystem benefits with its value to society.