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Getting more of a good thing? California's new Conservation Banking Legislation

On June 5th, California passed Senate Bill 1148, so enacting legislation under the Fish and Game Code to set up new rules and processes around how Conservation Banking is done in the State. Read more here and here What changes...

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EPA retrospectively veto's a Corps permit, and it might just be OK.

Calm down, we can handle this: EPA retrospectively vetos a Corps Permit after the fact. This month the DC Circuit Court upheld the EPA's jurisdictional authority to retrospectively veto a USACE 404 permit to fill waters covered by the CWA....

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Overhead at Katoomba China: How do you define a 'beneficiary'?

An interesting comment during the keynote address became a recurring theme during today's public meeting at Katoomba XVIII: Forests, Water, and People.

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Eco-Compensation in China: Can the Government Move from 'Buyer' to 'Enabler'?

We're in Beijing this week at Katoomba XVIII: Forests, Water and People. We'll be bringing you live coverage of the meeting at Ecosystem Marketplace, on our blog, and on Twitter - so check back frequently! In this post, ADB Water Resources Specialist Zhang Qingfeng offers an update on new trends in Chinese eco-compensation - including early steps towards encouraging private-sector investments in China's natural infrastructure.

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A Tale of Two Markets

We're bringing you live coverage all week from New Orleans of the 2013 National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference. Check back often! Thursday morning's Alternatives to Mitigation session found Craig Denisoff taking the podium to talk about habitat credit trading...

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Overheard at the National Mitigation and Ecosystem Banking Conference

"One of the priorities of the National Mitigation Banking Association is to try to get some teeth into the [Endangered Species Act]. If all regulators had to require conservation and mitigation measures, we'd have a thriving market. The agencies that...

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"We could use a little more Silicon Valley, and a little less old-school utility."

We're bringing you live coverage all week from New Orleans of the 2013 National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference. Check back often! March 8 President & CEO of The Conservation Fund Larry Selzer opened his keynote address at the opening...

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What's Next for the Mitigation Banking Industry?

We're bringing you live coverage all week from New Orleans of the 2013 National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference. Check back often! March 8, 2013 This conference marks the passing of the torch, with presidency of the National Mitigation Banking...

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Tracking and Status of Banking: Steve Martin presents RIBITS for 2013 at the NMBEC

From year to year, a key staple of the conference is the RIBITS update, with Mr. Steven Martin of the Coprs Wetland Resources Institute, Virginia. This year, moderated by Mr. Palmer Hough of the EPA, Steve presented "An analysis of National Mitigation and Conservation Banking Status and Trends, using RIBITS. Accurate tracking of banks, credits and agreements is such a key element of the transparency and accountability and for several years now we've watched the USACE RIBITS Database become more and more comprehensive and responsive to the Industry's needs.

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Finding the path through the forest

Last week, the very first REDD+ Talks (à la TED Talks) took place in Sausalito, California, where speakers from Wildlife Works, Code REDD, Puma, Microsoft, and other organizations discussed benefits of REDD+ projects that go beyond carbon sequestration. Here are a few thoughts on the underlying pitch for REDD+.

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