Ecosystem Marketplace

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The Ecosystem Marketplace "seeks to become the world's leading source of information on markets and payment schemes for ecosystem services; services such as water quality, carbon sequestration and biodiversity. We believe that by providing solid and trust-worthy information on prices, regulation, science, and other market-relevant issues, markets for ecosystem services will one day become a fundamental part of our economic and environmental system, helping give value to environmental services that have, for too long, been taken for granted...

"The idea for this information service arose at a meeting of a group that involved all these sectors of society; a group that calls itself "The Katoomba Group". The work of The Katoomba Group was launched by Forest Trends, a DC-based environmental non-profit.

"From its inception in the mountains surrounding Katoomba, Australia, in 1999, the group has expressly included more than just environmentalists and regulators, more than the "usual environmental suspects". Instead it has included forest product companies, businesses, bankers, grassroots activists, and journalists. And it has been truly global. It has brought together people from Australia, Mexico, Colombia, Sweden, Canada, U.K., Brazil, Indonesia, China, Japan, Uganda, the US, and dozens of other countries." [1]


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Advisory Committee

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Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. About, Ecosystem Marketplace, accessed December 1, 2008.
  2. Staff, Ecosystem Marketplace, accessed December 1, 2008.
  3. Advisory Committee, Ecosystem Marketplace, accessed December 1, 2008.
  4. Sponsors, Ecosystem Marketplace, accessed December 1, 2008.