The mission of Partners for Western Conservation (PWC) is to implement market-based conservation and ecosystems services to benefit wildlife, the environment, landowners, and the regulated community. The use of sound science, assistance, resources, and educational efforts will create a community of partners committed to the conservation and stewardship of land, water, air, and wildlife.
With roughly 250 species proposed for listing under the Endangered Species Act, new tools are needed to protect wildlife and provide for the economic development necessary to feed and fuel America’s growth.
Existing tools are not sufficient to reverse population declines and achieve conservation goals for species requiring vast habitat ranges that cross multiple states and are comprised largely of private lands. To recover species and habitat, financial incentives are needed to encourage responsible growth and conservation on an unprecedented scale and pace.
Private landowners, such as farmers and ranchers, and land developers from energy and other industry sectors are essential allies in balancing environmental and economic needs. To encourage investment at the size and rate required, we must put in place a mechanism for conservation that is consistent, transparent, fair, measurable and beneficial to all participants.
Partners for Western Conservation, with its sister organization the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, convened a results-based facilitation process between Colorado’s environmental community and its agriculture community. The purpose of this process was to increase understanding of each other’s values and principles related to Colorado’s current and future water portfolio. This process was made possible by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation. The Walton Family Foundation works to achieve lasting change by creating new and unexpected partnerships among conservation, business and community interests to build durable solutions to big problems. From the beginning, the group focused on results, not rhetoric. Participants in the process challenged themselves to come up with solid recommendations that the state could use in the Colorado Water Plan the governor has requested.
PWC Seeks A Conservation Market Emergence:
Quadrants of Approach: