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Forest Trends And the family of Forest Trends programs, including
The Katoomba Group's Ecosystem Marketplace

About UsOur Strategy

International Katoomba Group gatherings have become key events for sharing information, ideas and developing the implementation of PES. As a combination of networking, information sharing, advocacy and outreach, many participants feel that the convenings -starting in 1999- were exactly what was needed given the state of development of payments for ecosystem services in the early years of the Katoomba Group. At a 2003 meeting in Switzerland, the Katoomba Group agreed to address both the lack of easy access to information as well as specific regional issues emerging around the evolution of these markets. These two decisions led to the development of the Ecosystem Marketplace, as well as the beginning of work within Tropical America and East and Southern Africa. In 2006, the Katoomba Group began to address the challenge of building capacity for institutionalizing PES in these critical regions by focusing its meetings and strategic planning regionally. Work in China and in North America is launching in 2008.

The Katoomba Group addresses key challenges to developing markets and payments for ecosystem services, from enabling legislation through establishment of new market institutions, strategies of pricing and marketing, and performance monitoring. The Group works through strategic partnerships for analysis, capacity building, information-sharing, investment, market services and policy advocacy. 

Specifically, the Katoomba Group:

  • Identifies gaps in PES theory and/or practice and will tackle key obstacles not being addressed by other players
  • Shares intelligence about new developments related to markets and PES
  • Addresses significant challenges related to payments for ecosystem services, such as mobilization of private sector buyers and enabling progress on policy frameworks

In 1999, Forest Trends launched the Katoomba Group – an international working group dedicated to advancing markets and payments for ecosystem services – including watershed protection, biodiversity habitat, and carbon sequestration. The Group is comprised of leading experts from forest and energy industries, research institutions, the financial world, environmental NGOs, and communities. It serves as a source of ideas for and strategic information about ecosystem service markets and transactions. The Group has been known for its international convenings, which have provided a forum for exchanging ideas, influencing policy-makers, and catalyzing new initiatives.

It has held 10 major global conferences, published and contributed to a number of publications and supported the development of a range of new PES schemes including the BioCarbon Fund, and the Mexican PES Fund. The Katoomba Group has also advised national policy discussions on financial incentives for conservation in numerous countries including China, Brazil, India, and Colombia.  In 2005, The Katoomba Group launched The Ecosystem Marketplace (www.ecosystemmarketplace.com)—the world’s first global market information service for ecosystem services. 

Each Regional Katoomba Group is guided by a voluntary steering committee made up of representatives from the regions. Please contact the Regional Coordinators for additional information.

Email Address
Michael Jenkins mjenkins(at)forest-trends.org President, Katoomba Group
President, Forest Trends Assoc.
Kerstin Canby kcanby(at)forest-trends.org Coordinator,
China-East Asia Katoomba Group
- Pending - - Pending - Coordinator,
Tropical America Katoomba Group