Water credits market

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Are there any proven models for a water credits market, that is similar to the carbon market.

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Trudi Schifter
Excellent points Greg. I will invite Valerie Issumo in to weigh in , she has been working for 2 years, coming from a commodity trading perspective on a soft commodity for water that trades credits for water sanitation. The idea is not the commodity of H2O itself, but the purification of it. She has just started a group on Ethical water sanitation and I am sure would welcome you as a member.
Robert ODonnell
The folks at Mission Markets (http://missionmarkets.com/) have been at work for several years on several "market solutions" that include "water rights"- western U.S.; "nutrient trading" to reduce cultural eutrophication; and credit markets for U.S. "wetlands mitigation permits", "water quality", etc.
Michael Van Patten of Mission Markets has a strong long history in capital markets and a deep understanding of emissions trading...you may want to ask him, directly, about "water credits" markets as you will have an opportunity to be more clear in your question- are you searching for examples of water conservation credit markets (quantity in use reductions, recapture/re-use, recycling, groundwater recharge) or is it related to finding examples of supply allocation markets ("use permits", western U.S. water rights trades) ?
At some point in the future we expect to be posting trades in water related markets in our "AquaNexus Daily Briefings" (after we finish our due diligence- "Are the trades in the public domain"; "Are all trades transparent and verifiable?" ; "Do they have complete price/time/volume information?; etc.).

For a 2 week trial of the AquaNexus Daily Briefing please email trial@aquanexus.com

THANKS FOR YOUR QUESTION AND BEGINNING THE DISCUSSION!

Regards,
Rob
Greg Majersky
The US has all but shot down carbon trading at the national level and most states won't participate. "Market forces" have worked...well, we've seen how the market works in the past couple of years, now the goal is to throw in industrial production capability (carbon trading) and the essential substance for life as we know it (water trading)?

For all of the "market forces" talk, carbon, water and nutrient/calorie trading will require alot of regulations to be written or changed. Reliance on gov't regulation is supposed to be what "market forces" are against.

Also, considering past couple of years, is it really so wise to let traders, speculators, nano-second trading and "black box" trading have a significant impact on water?
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