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Measuring Up: Synchronizing Biodiversity Measurement Systems for Markets and Other Incentive Programs

A report funded by USDA Office of Environmental Markets, April 2011


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Emerging environmental markets, in tandem with existing incentive programs, have the potential to make effective contributions to conservation, but little is known about how these programs quantify biodiversity. This report, prepared for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Environmental Markets, focuses on two areas of action that could help improve effective investments for biodiversity: 1) Standardizing systems for measuring the outcomes of current incentive programs, and 2) Providing options for how federal agencies and others might support biodiversity incentives, particularly markets for biodiversity.

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