This institute improves environmental policymaking worldwide through objective, fact-based research to confront the climate crisis, clarify the economics of limiting carbon pollution, harness emerging environmental markets, put the value of nature's benefits on the balance sheet, develop adaptive water management approaches and identify other strategies to attain community resilience.


    The Commons focuses on facilitating communication and collaboration while providing a limited source of news and information. The focus is beyond markets and includes research, education, communication and the rest of broad ecosystem services community.


    Ecosystem Marketplace's Forest Carbon Portal Project Inventory is a clearinghouse for information on land-based carbon market offset projects. It attempts to provide some transparency on the scope, value, duration and financing mechanisms of terrestrial carbon sequestration projects around the globe.


    RIBITS was developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with support from the EPA, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Federal Highway Administration and NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service to provide better information on mitigation and conservation banking and in-lieu fee programs across the country.


    This site is a leading source of news, data and analytics on markets and payments for ecosystem services.


    This application provides an estimate of the economic value of forest ecosystem services that occur within a user defined area. This includes air quality, biodiversity, carbon, cultural and watershed services. Users can delineate a custom polygon on a map, select a county or urbanized area from a dropdown box or view a pre-prepared standard summary report for the entire state or region.


    Learn more about ecosystem services—services commonly defined as the benefits people obtain from ecosystems.


    The Office of Environmental Markets supports the Secretary in the development of emerging markets for water quality, carbon sequestration, wetlands, biodiversity and other ecosystem services. Environmental markets have the potential to become a new economic driver for rural America.


    The Endowment’s primary investment in non-traditional markets is developing clean water as a potential revenue source for forest owners via the Healthy Watersheds through Healthy Forests Program.


    Water quality trading is an innovative approach to achieve water quality goals more efficiently. Trading programs allow facilities facing higher pollution control costs to meet their regulatory obligations by purchasing environmentally equivalent (or superior) pollution reductions from another source at lower costs, thus achieving the same water quality improvement at lower overall cost.


    Comprehensive resource listing on wetlands.