Willamette Partnership’s Training Workshop Session: Getting the Ecosystem Services You Pay For
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 9:00am


Date: May 7, 2014 
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Portland State University., Market Center Building, Suite 123 (1600 SW 4th Ave.,  Portland, OR 97201) 
Cost: $150 (includes lunch!) 

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Increasing pressure on natural systems reduces their ability to provide the services that people rely on, like clean water and natural places to play. Incentive programs for ecosystem services provide a mechanism to rebuild resilient ecological systems by building innovative connections between people who manage land and water and those who can invest in environmental improvement. 

Willamette Partnership’s Getting the Ecosystem Services You Pay For workshop will provide a thorough and interactive introduction to environmental markets—what they are, where they are, and how they work on the ground. Participants will gain an understanding of: 

  • Crossing Jurisdictional Boundaries: Addressing environmental challenges by bringing people together to work towards common goals, all within the same framework. 
  • Increasing Transparency and Accountability: Quantifying and tracking the benefits of restoration in a credible, rigorous and transparent manner. 
  • Effective and Efficient Regulatory Implementation: Bring investment for regulatory compliance into natural systems over engineered systems. 
  • Creating New Investment Opportunities: Bringing together different sources of funds in creative and innovative ways to multiply the benefits of investing in the environment. 
  • Reporting Achievements: Communicating the benefits of conservation to the public, policy makers, and funding organizations spurs additional investment in restoration. 

The Getting the Ecosystem Services You Pay For workshop will illustrate the fundamental steps of creating ecosystem currencies for habitat and water quality markets in the United States, outlined in Willamette Partnership’s Ecosystem Credit Accounting System. This framework can guide multiple streams of investment using different funding approaches within a single accounting system to generate and track benefits, all working towards broader environmental goals

The Willamette Partnership is a diverse coalition of conservation, city, business, farm, and science leaders in the Willamette River basin who are working to shift the way people think about, value, manage, and regulate the environment.