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Development of an ecosystem services marketplace in northern Colorado




Flynn, Patrick, speaker
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Ecosystem service markets are emerging as a new tool for conservationists to use for protecting critical landscapes and natural resources. The goal of these markets is to properly value the landscapes and natural resources upon which human communities rely on for vital services such as clean water and climate regulation. In Northern Colorado, a group of concerned citizens is spearheading an effort to develop a voluntary ecosystem services marketplace, called the Colorado Conservation Exchange. The mission of the Colorado Conservation Exchange is to create a marketplace where community members support land stewards who conserve and enhance nature's ability to provide clean and abundant water, healthy food, productive soils, carbon storage, wildlife habitat, and inspiring open spaces. This talk will detail the collaborative effort undertaken by this group thus far to engage a broad group of community stakeholders and develop a vision for implementing the marketplace.


Presented at the Spring 2012 Center for Collaborative Conservation ( Seminar and Discussion Series, "Collaborative Conservation in Practice: Innovations in Communities Around the World", February 21, 2012, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado. This series focused on the work that the CCC's Collaborative Conservation Fellows have been doing across the Western U.S. and around the world.
Patrick Flynn is a Wyss Fellow and Program Coordinator for Environmental Markets at the Center for Collaborative Conservation in the Warner College of Natural Resources, CSU. His work is focused on developing the Colorado Conservation Exchange with six other dedicated community members. He has an MBA in Global, Social and Sustainable Enterprise from the College of Business at CSU. Prior to his graduate studies he was the Assistant International Director at the Fort Collins-based conservation organization, Trees, Water and People, where he worked for seven years.
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natural systems
human life
Colorado conservation exchange
ES markets
environmental services


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