Demand Assessment Work Session December 1, 2017

Friday, December 1, 2017

8:30 am to 3:00 pm
US Forest Service International Programs Office
One Thomas Circle NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005


Meeting Summary and Participant List

The National Network on Water Quality Trading Steering Committee and invited guests gathered to review the Network’s demand assessment. The objectives of the work session were to get participants’ feedback on and answer any questions they had about the draft pieces of the demand assessment and to get their input on the design of the interviews and survey that will inform the assessment’s action agenda.

Background Materials and Assessment Drafts

Demand Assessment Strategy

Lessons learned from other environmental markets, preliminary findings – Rapid review of the conventional wisdom developed from the last 15 years of environmental markets.

Decision making processes and actors – Conceptual models for the process and key actors in decision making that accepts or rejects the use of a trading model and transactions.

Demand mapping approach and data sources – Spatial analysis of the factors influencing demand for water quality trading.

Draft interview and survey questions – The goal of the interviews and survey is to understand the assessment methods and decision criteria applied to trading as an option, barriers, and opportunities to application as seen by the target decision makers. Interview questions can mirror EPA’s 2008 evaluation of water quality trading report.

Barriers with timeline and decision makers – Barriers identified through June 2017 interviews with National Network steering committee members and in EPA’s 2008 water quality trading evaluation report.