Ecosystem Services Markets: Boom or Bust? Where to from here?
Institute for Natural Resources, in collaboration with Ecosystem Marketplace and Defenders for Wildlife is moderating a panel discussion during the Ecosystem Markets Conference (June 28-July1, 2011)
Panel Abstract: To judge by murmurings at recent conferences, from policy makers, funders and practitioners, Ecosystem Service markets are falling short of expectations. Were they oversold from the beginning? Or has not enough development time passed? Are there realistic expectations for the role they might play in conservation finance – perhaps a transitional one? What can we learn from market successes and failures to date? What has tool development taught us so far about creating a functioning system that will allow ecosystem services restoration and conservation to move forward productively? Is the concept fundamentally flawed as conceived: What are the dangers of separating whole systems into component parts, and trading credits for them? What happens to markets if existing regulations are not enforced, if agencies are reluctant to use market-based approaches to meet regulatory goals, and if policy makers are reluctant to impose new regulations? Please come participate in a friendly and lively debate tackling questions like these and the challenges they raise. We hope you will leave with some new perspectives and better ideas for moving forward in your own work.
Please comment here if you would like to get in on the debate before the conference. The debate will be summarized and will continue on EcosystemCommons.org.
- Moderator: Sally Duncan, Institute for Natural Resources
- Bobby Cochran, Willamette Partnership
- Tim Gieseke, Author of EcoCommerce 101: Adding an ecological dimension to the economy
- Dennis Canty, American Farmland Trust
- Nathaniel Carroll or Tracy Stanton, Ecosystem Marketplace