Ecosystem Marketplace

Around the world, ecosystem protection and restoration are increasingly been considered as a policy alternative to water and waste water infrastructure investments. As demand for water and expectations for water quality increase, the costs of upgrading water and waste water infrastructure is also increasing. Protecting or restoring forests and wetlands can offer a lower cost alternative to new infrastructure. This report provides examples of ecosystem investment from China to the Chesapeake Bay.

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2 Responses to Ecosystem Marketplace

  1. tiernon says:

    Professor Tynan,

    I find this idea very interesting, and the report a very relevant one. In the end, the matter of protection of water supply versus curation of water supply becomes a policy that touches on a variety of levels. For instance, how much will it cost to start and continuously maintain the water curation plant. Conversely, in an economy where unemployment seems to be the thorn in the foot of America, a water curation plant would certainly create jobs, but the question then becomes, how many jobs? How many jobs can ecosystem protection and restoration create? Reports like these operate on a variety of levels, and I think that it is important for the policy maker to constantly remain conscious of the stake holders of each policy, but also the consequences. Beyond that, prioritizing stakeholders and possible consequences is the next step. This policy issue that you have presented is very interesting because of its multi-dimensional nature.

  2. salvitta says:

    Professor Tynan,
    This article is very good and ongoing debated issue within the environment today. The costs as you can see are very relevant including the materials and costs to build the plant and maintain it. The demand for water obviously increases and a benefit we receive from this is cleaner more usable water. In addition to a stronger infrastructure and a more sustainable green environment we can gain from an effective ecosystem.

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