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Investments

Screening New Market Opportunities for Sustainably Managed State, Private and Tribal Working Forests

By Genevieve Bennett and Melissa Gallant

Sustainably managed working forests provide not just wood and fiber, but a range of other benefits: clean water, wildlife habitat, carbon storage, flood protection, recreational and cultural values, and more. Scaling up investments in sustainable forest management can generate financial returns for good stewardship of these multiple conservation values. The United States Forest Service (USFS) […]

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Biodiversity Climate Water

Lessons Learned on Demand

Demand Dynamics of Ecosystem Markets in the United States

By Genevieve Bennett, Melissa Gallant, and Kelley Hamrick

This study on lessons learned about demand in ecosystem markets in the United States was commissioned to help the National Network on Water Quality Trading (NNWQT) identify transferrable lessons for their strategy on stimulating demand for water quality credits and other market-based incentives for nonpoint source water quality. A rapid review of historical experience in […]

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Water

Mapping Potential Demand for Water Quality Trading in the United States

By Genevieve Bennett and Melissa Gallant

Water quality trading is a promising tool that offers a flexible, more cost-effective approach to reducing pollution in our waterways than more traditional engineered solutions. Yet a lack of sufficient demand for credits has been a consistent barrier to scaling up water quality trading in the United States. The National Network on Water Quality Trading […]

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Water

Breaking Down Barriers: Priority Actions for Advancing Water Quality Trading

By Willamette Partnership and Forest Trends' Ecosystem Marketplace

Water quality trading is a cost-effective way to meet clean water goals and deliver multiple benefits for people, fish, and wildlife. Yet, compared to other environmental markets (think: carbon offsets), interest and demand for water quality credit trading has been slow to catch on. A new report from the National Network on Water Quality Trading, […]

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Breaking Down Barriers: Priority Actions for Advancing Water Quality Trading – Executive Summary

By Willamette Partnership and Forest Trends' Ecosystem Marketplace
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Climate Forests

Voluntary Carbon Market Insights: 2018 Outlook and First-Quarter Trends

By Kelley Hamrick and Melissa Gallant

Since trading of voluntary carbon offsets first took off in the late 2000’s, voluntary carbon projects have helped to reduce, sequester, or avoid over 437.1 MtCO2e–equivalent to not consuming over one billion barrels of oil. These projects are supported by companies, individuals and governments purchasing carbon offsets, whose growing demand resulted in a record-high of […]

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Forests

China’s Log Imports from Countries with Log Export Bans

Trade Trends and Due Diligence Risks

By Brian Schaap and Kerstin Canby

China has imported more than 46 million cubic meters of logs from countries with log export bans from 2005 to 2016. Many of these imports are in violation of log export bans (LEBs) and present a risk to Chinese companies – and their down-stream buyers of processed wood products in North America and Europe – that these logs are illegally sourced. […]

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Agriculture Forests

Impacts of Supply Chain Commitments on the Forest Frontier

The State of the Supply Chain Movement: Progress on Corporate Commitments and Impact at the Forest Frontier

By Thiago Chagas, Charlotte Streck, Hilda Galt, Steve Zwick, Ingrid Schulte, Alan Kroeger, Ashley Thompson

Since the 2010 Consumer Goods Forum Deforestation Resolution, more than 473 companies have made commitments to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains. With 70% of deforestation linked to the production of agricultural commodities, these pledges hold the promise of making a major contribution to the end of tropical deforestation. This raises two questions: 1) What […]

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Forests

Getting the “Bads” Out of Goods

Evolution from voluntary to regulated approaches in reducing the undesirable impacts of global trade

Over the past seventy years the rapid expansion of international trade and the growth of international supply chains, with various stages of production processes located in different countries, has at the same time facilitated the growth of trade in “undesirable products” associated with “global public bads”: trade in goods which are produced illegally or unsustainably […]

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Forests

The Economic Impacts of Illegal Agro-Conversion on Tropical Forest Countries

A new framework supports national and global cost estimates

This paper summarizes a new analysis of the costs of illegal conversion of tropical forests for export-driven industrial agriculture. It synthesizes a proposed theoretical framework for exploring impacts of illegal conversion on financial capital, natural capital, political capital, and human/social capital. A global minimum cost per hectare to forest countries of illegal agro-conversion is estimated,[…]

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Communities Forests

Linking Smallholder Plantations to Global Markets

Lessons from the IKEA model in Vietnam

By Nguyen Vinh Quang, To Xuan Phuc, Nguyen Ton Quyen, Cao Thi Cam

Export-oriented wood processing companies in Vietnam are increasingly entering into legally-binding contractual relationships with smallholder producers – the country’s main source of domestically-grown plantation timber. One of the best examples of this “linkage model” is the partnership between households in Vietnam’s mountainous areas and companies that specialize in processing FSC-certified wood products for IKEA. This […]