Watershed protection schemes growing, China takes lead – report

AlertNet: The number of initiatives that offer compensation for protecting and restoring water-rich ecosystems around the world doubled from 2008 to 2011, with annual investment rising to more than $8 billion, a report said on Thursday. It counted at least 205 programmes in 2011 that paid individuals and communities in cash or in-kind to revive or preserve water-friendly landscape features, including wetlands, streams and forests that capture, filter and store freshwater. These schemes generated $8.17......

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