The Ecosystem Marketplace’s State of Watershed Payments 2012 report has been released today. The report is a comprehensive inventory tracking initiatives around the world that are paying individuals and communities to revive or preserve water-friendly features of the landscape.
For this report, China came out as a global leader in watershed investments as the populous nation’s concern over water security grows.
But countries around the world are attempting a variety of approaches that include in-kind payments for farmers who practice sustainable agriculture in Latin America to employing 30,000 people to root out water-hogging invasive plants in South Africa. Overall the report found that the number of water initiatives has doubled since 2008 and the amount of money being funneled into water projects has increased by $2 billion.