In 2009, state, federal, and local agencies and other stakeholders came together to form a shared approach to crediting across multiple ecosystems. This Joint Statement affirmed an interest in testing and using the Ecosystem Credit Accounting System and the underlying General Crediting Protocol.
This Statement represents the collective effort of a Working Group made up of federal, state, and local agencies and other stakeholders applying market-based approaches to restore ecosystem health in the Willamette Basin and beyond. The Working Group was convened by the Willamette Partnership, a nonprofit coalition of leaders striving to expand the pace, scope, and effectiveness of restoration. Funding for the project was made possible by a Natural Resources Conservation Service Conservation Innovations Grant. The accomplishments of the working group represent an integration of several years-worth of work conducted by all parties involved. This statement reflects a consensus agreement among all parties to test and pilot the system described in the ecosystem credit accounting system’s Pilot General Crediting Protocol: Willamette Basin Version 1.0.