Conservation Economics (www.conservationeconomics.com) eagerly anticipates the unfolding of the 2020s with new technologies, investment strategies and opportunities for sustainable land use. CE brings the possibility of more than 40 Eco-uses that generate revenue in an environmentally sustainable way to each new property we assess. This blog features three of particular interest right now, illustrating the diversity of the applications with which we work and the people involved.
Ropes/zipline courses are a growing industry* offering scenic views, thrilling descents, and guided canopy tours for people looking for day or weekend adventures. Landowners can either lease or sell the land for short-term or long-term installations. From an environmental perspective, ropes/zipline courses can provide the landowner with income without permanently altering the landscape. They have minimal requirements (e.g. minimal acreage, mature trees, and suitable topography). From a business perspective, they can be set-up and operational in a few months with costs borne by the adventure tour company while
providing revenue to the landowner almost immediately.
Conservation Easements are held by a land trust or government agency when a landowner permanently protects environmentally sensitive land from development. The public enjoys the benefit of undeveloped land and the landowner gets cash, a charitable deduction or a combination of both. For example, conservation easements are a growing means of making land affordable for small-scale farmers. One forward-thinking illustration of this process is Lundale Farm in Pottstown, PA (http://lundalefarm.org) which leases protected land to small-scale farmers enabling them to produce local food and maintain a vibrant
Aquaponics is the mutually beneficial combination of hydroponics (growing plants in water rather than soil) and aquaculture (farming of aquatic animals) in such a way that fosters the production of both plants and fish, shrimp, etc. The systems can be installed in small spaces and do not create toxic wastes often associated with each use separately. An exciting example of this industry is Symbiotic Aquaponics (www.symbioticaquaponic.com) which developed their business to benefit members of the
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma by learning about the science, math and business of growing food and conserving water while generating revenue.
Separately or together, these three ECO-uses illustrate the innovative approach to sustainable revenue generation provided by Conservation Economics. As we look forward to the coming decade, we invite public, private and nonprofit businesses to explore these possibilities and others (to be featured in future blogs) with us.
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