The World’s First Ocelot Bank

A friend of mine, Wayne White, was the head of the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Field office back when wetland and species banking was really taking off in California.┬áToday he works as a consultant to companies from Texas to California, helping them set up banks and programs in areas where there are new species and […]

Waterways before Waitangi Day – conservation in our agricultural land

One of the curious and beautiful things about doing business in New Zealand is that every year nothing really happens before Waitangi Day. Just ask an Auckland-er on Auckland anniversary weekend, or Christchurch-ite driving past abandoned Fulton Hogan road works. And so here we are, the first week of February, and I am pondering what […]

If you could redesign your city, what would you do?

I live in Christchurch, New Zealand. And I typing this from a house that, more than three years after a series of devastating earthquakes, still has boards on the windows and no carpet. The doors don’t line up with the frames. We’re not poor. There are just lots of things round here that haven’t been […]

Credit trading and biodiversity bees: I want more from my markets

We’re no stranger to the concept of Free-market Environmentalism – attach a price to the part of the environment we want more of (say, biodiversity) and buyers and sellers will scramble to make sure there said biodiversity is there for them to buy and sell. Like they say, the chicken we buy in supermarkets is […]