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Biodiversity and Habitat Markets—Policy, Economic, and Ecological implications of Market-Based Conservation

Circular 1414

Prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Environmental Markets
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https://doi.org/10.3133/cir1414

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Abstract

This report is a primer on market-like and market-based mechanisms designed to conserve biodiversity and habitat. The types of markets and market-based approaches that were implemented or are emerging to benefit biodiversity and habitat in the United States are examined. The central approaches considered in this report include payments for ecosystem services, conservation banks, habitat exchanges, and eco-labels. Based on literature reviews and input from experts and practitioners, the report characterizes each market-based approach including policy context and structure; the theoretical basis for applying market-based approaches; the ecological effectiveness of practices and tools for measuring performance; and the future outlook for biodiversity and habitat markets. This report draws from previous research and serves as a summary of pertinent information associated with biodiversity and habitat markets while providing references to materials that go into greater detail on specific topics.

Suggested Citation

Pindilli, Emily, and Casey, Frank, 2015, Biodiversity and habitat markets—Policy, economic, and ecological implications of market-based conservation: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1414, 60 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/cir1414.

ISSN: 2330-5703 (online)

ISSN: 1067-084X (print)

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Executive Summary
  • Chapter A—Introduction to Biodiversity and Habitat Markets
  • Chapter B—Policy Context for Biodiversity and Habitat Markets
  • Chapter C—Structural Components of Conservation Mechanisms
  • Chapter D—Economics of Biodiversity and Habitat Markets
  • Chapter E—Performance Measurement in Biodiversity and Habitat Markets
  • Chapter F—Future Outlook for Conservation Mechanisms
  • References

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Biodiversity and Habitat Markets—Policy, Economic, and Ecological implications of Market-Based Conservation
Series title:
Circular
Series number:
1414
DOI:
10.3133/cir1414
Year Published:
2015
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Description:
vii, 60 p.
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
N