This work describes the benefits of identifying and valuing watershed services for sustainable forest management in Mexico. The work evaluates various local studies that used contingent valuation as the basis for estimating the economic value of water uses in the country. Statistical methods of these studies’ results revealed that there are not significant differences between consumptive and non-consumptive uses of water resources. However, the individual benefits estimated for consumptive use values were 47% higher than those for non-consumptive use cases.
Please join us Wednesday, June 27, 2012 from 1:00 -- 2:30 PM EDT for a webinar entitled "Incorporating Ecosystem Services in Optimization Strategies for TMDLs". Dr. George Van Houtven of RTI International will present research developed in collaboration with US EPA ORD's Ecosystem Services Research Program (ESRP).
The second installment in The University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center’s webinar series focused on innovative approaches to link water use and the environment will take place on May 10, 2012 at 1:00pm MST/12:00pm PST.
The theme for this webinar is, “Achieving Environmental Goals through Water Utility-based Incentive Programs.” Featured speakers include:
This is a brief white paper put out in April 2012 by Institute for Water and Watersheds and Institute for Natural Resources (both at Oregon State University) to help the public understand water markets activity in Oregon. Feel free to use it. I'd love to get this map in an interactive/updateable form someday.
Thanks to Ranei Nomura; Carrie Sanneman; Gen Hubert; Tracey Stanton; Bobby Cochran; and David Primozich for offering their expertise and friendly reviews. Thanks also to Cally Whitman from IWW/INR.
I recently completed a report with partners at The Nature Conservancy’s Wyoming office documenting phase 1 of a payment for ecosystem services feasibility study in the Upper Green River Basin of Southwest Wyoming (Sublette County).