Market-based conservation uses economic incentives to leverage market forces in ways that encourage and improve efficiency in the restoration, enhancement, and preservation of species and habitats. Biodiversity and habitat quantification tools are vital to the operation of this conservation strategy, as they are used to measure the quality and functionality of areas of land that have undergone or are proposed for preservation, improvement, or development activities (for example, construction of energy or transportation infrastructure and residential development).
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Science and Decisions Center in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Environmental Markets have created a database of the quantification tools available for use in biodiversity and habitat markets in the contiguous United States. This database provides landowners, regulatory agencies, tool developers, and the general public with a central location from which to search for and identify the tools applicable to specific species, habitats, or locations of interest, such as those shown in figures 1 and 2. The database contains summary information about the intended application and features of each tool and will be updated as the need to add new tools warrants.
Chiavacci, S.J., and Pindilli, E.J., 2018, A database of biodiversity and habitat quantification tools used in market-based conservation: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018–3039, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20183039.
ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)
ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)
Table of Contents
- Market-Based Conservation in the United States
- Benefits of the Quantification Tools Database
- What the Database Contains
- How to Access the Database
Additional publication details
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Title||A database of biodiversity and habitat quantification tools used in market-based conservation|
|Series title||Fact Sheet|
|Publisher||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Publisher location||Reston, VA|
|Contributing office(s)||Science and Decisions Center|
|Online Only (Y/N)||N|
|Additional Online Files (Y/N)||N|