Payments for Ecosystem Services
Natural assets such as rivers, forests, grasslands and wetlands benefit society through the ecosystem services they provide, including water purification, air quality improvements, and flood protection, among other benefits. However, these services are frequently left out of resource management decisions because they aren’t easily quantified or assigned a monetary value. As a result, society undervalues these environmental benefits, contributing to the loss of natural systems. Environmental markets can provide incentives to preserve ecosystems and the services they provide.
Ecosystem Services Site
Forests, Water and People Analysis
From Forest to Faucet: Drinking Water as an Ecosystem Service
Caring for Our Natural Assets: An Ecosystem Services Perspective
Valuing Ecosystem Services
NRCS Landscape Conservation Initiatives
Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP)
NRE Analysis on Natural Resources and Environment Issues
"The Use of Markets to Increase Private Investment in Environmental Stewardship"
Nitrogen in Agricultural Systems: Implications for Conservation Policy
Conservation Reserve Program
Data and Modeling for Environmental Credit Trading
Federal Resource Management and Ecosystem Services Guidebook (Printable)
RFF: "Ecosystem Services: Quantification, Policy Applications, and Current Federal Capabilities"
Ecosystem Services: A Guide for Decision Makers
Creating Markets for Ecosystem Services: Notes from the Field
CRS: Provisions Supporting Ecosystem Services Markets in US Farm Bill Legislation
Federal Resource Management and Ecosystem Services Guidebook