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Environmental Markets and Incentives

Seeking to advance the science of environmental markets and incentives and to provide education and outreach on the use of markets and incentives to decision makers.

Policy makers at local, state, and national levels in the U.S., and internationally, are increasingly turning to economic incentives and markets as instruments to achieve environmental and resource conservation objectives. Markets are being used or are being actively considered to control air and water pollution, allocate water supplies among competing uses, manage ocean fishery harvests, conserve or enhance habitat for endangered species, sequester carbon in agricultural soils and forests, and control green house gas emissions.

The goals of the environmental markets and incentives initiative are two fold. We seek to advance the science of environmental markets and incentives so that they can effectively serve their dual goals of achieving environmental objectives while minimizing social compliance costs. We also seek to provide education and outreach on the use of markets and incentives to decision makers with information on the design and use of markets and incentives.

Contact: Jim Shortle

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A comprehensive survey of all water quality trading programs in the US as of August 2004.