The Challenge: Environmental regulations have successfully reduced industrial pollutants from entering rivers and slowed the pace of habitat destruction. However, traditional regulations define restrictions on specific actions, causing land managers and environmental advocates to become locked in legal standoffs. Compliance becomes the end goal rather than achieving environmental health and restoration. The threats posed by climate change and the growing demand for natural resources demand new conservation policy that better preserves crucial wildlife habitat and ensures the functionality of green watershed infrastructure.
The Solution: Performance Platform (PP) programs combine the economical and environmental sense of ecosystem markets with structured and transparent accounting infrastructure – ensuring communities, NGOs and regulatory agencies are able to meet their conservation goals. From habitat mitigation, to watershed restoration, to working landscape protection - the consistent accounting structure of Performance Platform programs creates incentives for real conservation while generating the highest environmental return on investment.
The Central Valley Habitat Exchange provides an efficient mechanism to protect and restore habitat for multiple species in the Central Valley by creating financial incentives for farmers and ranchers to produce measurable habitat benefits on their land.
The Lake Tahoe Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) was adopted in 2011. The TMDL identifies pollutants responsible for the degradation of Lake Tahoe's famous clarity. Through the development of the Lake Tahoe TMDL, the Lahontan Water Board and NDEP established the Clarity Challenge; a call to reverse the clarity decline and to achieve and sustain clarity nearing 80 feet by 2025.
The Conservation Credit System (Credit System) is an innovative approach to greater sage-grouse habitat protection that ensures habitat impacts from anthropogenic disturbances are fully compensated by long-term enhancement and protection of habitat that result a net benefit for the species, while allowing appropriate anthropogenic disturbances that are vital to the Nevada economy and the Nevada way of life.