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Ecosystem Credit Accounting System

A package of protocols, tools, and resources that allow buyers and sellers to track, account, and trade in multiple types of ecosystem credits.

The Ecosystem Credit Accounting System supports credits for water quality and habitat benefits. It was built to provide:

  • A more efficient and effective use of conservation investments, both from regulated and voluntary sources;
  • Opportunities to accommodate growth without environmental degradation;
  • Increased coordination among various conservation efforts;
  • Incentives for voluntary actions on private lands; and
  • Healthier ecosystems and improved conservation outcomes

Though the Ecosystem Credit Accounting System was developed by Willamette Partnership, it represents agreement among federal, state, and local government agencies, conservation organizations, and other stakeholders, including many of those likely to buy or sell credits through an ecosystem credit trading or tracking system.

Learn the Protocol for Buying and Selling Credits

The General Crediting Protocol (updated 2017) outlines the rules on how to buy and sell credits for Willamette Partnership’s Ecosystem Credit Accounting System. It also describes how actions taken on the land translate into credits and how those credits are verified, registered, and sold.



How Does Verification Work?

Learn how verification works, how to become a verifier, and how credits are confirmed and tracked over time in the Ecosystem Credit Accounting System.

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Market Tools and Rules

We have tools that complement the protocols for trading water quality and habitat credits.