Ecosystem Services Market Development
More than 23 million acres across the U.S. South are at risk for conversion by 2060 if current population trends continue. A loss of these forests would have drastic impacts on water treatment costs.
Healthy, well-managed forests lead to safe and reliable drinking water, less water treatment, and less energy and chemicals used in drinking water treatment process. By paying forest landowners for these water cleaning services (or, ecosystem services), water users and providers can exponentially reduce their costs.