Proud to protect nature.

founder J. Igoe

Gone are the days of protest and activism. At the ECOSYSTEMSTORE® we enter a new era of environmentalism based on PPP; Property, Profits and Protection. We believe Property is our most powerful bond to the world.

The ECOSYSTEMSTORE® is the culmination of two decades of pioneering opportunities for ecosystem commodification and market expansion. It has been and continues to be the most thrilling experience of my career. This page is dedicated to the ideas that have shaped the ECOSYSTEMSTORE®. We are open to any collaborations with potential partners in the private sector, finance, hedge funds, NGO's or countries interested in bringing species and habitats under protection.

Neo Conservation.

Research into Neoliberal Conservation is one of the most exciting things to be working on just now. Neoliberal conservation refers to an approach in which capitalist expansion and protection of the environment are not only essentially compatible activities, but mutually compatible ones. Interventions informed by this assumption have proliferated significantly in recent years. They have changed both the ways in which we imagine the world, and the ways that the world actually is. Neoliberal conservation makes natures that meet the prime directive of neo conservation; return on investment. As a result a large number of scholars from different disciplines are writing about it.

Ecosystem services

Ecosystem services such as water filtration, flood protection, carbon storage and nutrient regulation are fundamental to the economic tradeoffs involved in complex natural resource management. Inventorying and categorizing which ecosystem services are provided by a landscape is the first and most basic step of any ecosystem service assessment. Fortunately the health of an ecosystem is not critical since many damaged or eroded still perform many ecosystem services. This brings down the initial investments needed to set up an ecosystem services scheme and reduces regulatory pressures.

Quantification and Valuation

Our Dealmakers® quantify the flow of ecosystem services and species value in monetary terms. They estimate economic values using primary site-based methods, for example:

  • Engineering or accounting studies of avoided or replacement costs
  • Hedonic property studies
  • Contingent valuation
  • Redlisting
Our Dealmakers® have extensive experience in applying benefits transfer, a method were valuations from the literature are applied to other locations based on land cover and other characteristics. In either case, SIG can provide conservative and defensible economic valuation estimates. Our partners at SIG developed the Natural Assets Information System™(NAIS) which integrates an extensive database of valuation literature with a powerful query and reporting engine. SIG can integrate this tool with spatial modeling to better characterize ecosystems and the flow of services on the landscape.

flow of services