Innovation in Pre-listing Species Conservation: Conservation Banking for Candidate Species (Switzer Foundation Webinar Series)
The World Resources Institute (WRI) and Advanced Conservation Strategies (ACS) have been working to develop a pilot conservation marketplace for the gopher tortoise in its non-federally-listed range of the Southeast United States. The pilot is intended to serve as a model for “advance mitigation” markets for candidate species—a concept that has gained considerable attention nationwide as a potential conservation and conflict resolution strategy for species like the sage grouse and lesser prairie chicken, and that is the subject of proposed rulemaking by the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).
In this webinar, Todd Gartner of WRI and Josh Donlan of ACS, introduce their work to-date in this area, including the structure, promise, and challenges of conservation banking in an advance mitigation context and their experience applying these concepts in the Southeast for the gopher tortoise.
Originally broadcast: July 18, 2012.