16 U.S. Code § 3845 - Environmental services markets
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(a) Technical guidelines required
The Secretary shall establish technical guidelines that outline science-based methods to measure the environmental services benefits from conservation and land management activities in order to facilitate the participation of farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners in emerging environmental services markets. The Secretary shall give priority to the establishment of guidelines related to farmer, rancher, and forest landowner participation in carbon markets.
The Secretary shall establish guidelines under subsection (a) for use in developing the following:
(c) Verification requirements
(1) Verification of reports
The Secretary shall establish guidelines for a process to verify that a farmer, rancher, or forest landowner who reports an environmental services benefit pursuant to the protocol required by paragraph (2) of subsection (b) for inclusion in the registry required by paragraph (3) of such subsection has implemented the conservation or land management activity covered by the report.
(d) Use of existing information
In carrying out subsection (b), the Secretary shall build on activities or information in existence on the date of the enactment of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 regarding environmental services markets.
In carrying out this section, the Secretary shall consult with the following:
(2) Nongovernmental interests including—
Source(Pub. L. 99–198, title XII, § 1245, as added Pub. L. 110–234, title II, § 2709,May 22, 2008, 122 Stat. 1081, and Pub. L. 110–246, § 4(a), title II, § 2709,June 18, 2008, 122 Stat. 1664, 1809.)
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The date of the enactment of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, referred to in subsec (d), is the date of enactment of Pub. L. 110–246, which was approved June 18, 2008.
Pub. L. 110–234and Pub. L. 110–246enacted identical sections. Pub. L. 110–234was repealed by section 4(a) ofPub. L. 110–246.
A prior section 3845,Pub. L. 99–198, title XII, § 1245,Dec. 23, 1985, 99 Stat. 1516; Pub. L. 101–624, title XIV, § 1443,Nov. 28, 1990, 104 Stat. 3602; Pub. L. 102–552, title V, § 516(b)(1),Oct. 28, 1992, 106 Stat. 4137, related to authorization of appropriations, prior to the general amendment of this subchapter by Pub. L. 104–127.
A prior section 3846,Pub. L. 99–198, title XII, § 1246, as added Pub. L. 101–624, title XIV, § 1444,Nov. 28, 1990, 104 Stat. 3602, directed Secretary to report to Congress on erodible land and wetland conservation program, prior to repeal by Pub. L. 104–66, title I, § 1011(a),Dec. 21, 1995, 109 Stat. 709.
A prior section 3847,Pub. L. 99–198, title XII, § 1247, as added Pub. L. 101–624, title XIV, § 1445,Nov. 28, 1990, 104 Stat. 3603; amended Pub. L. 102–237, title II, § 204(8),Dec. 13, 1991, 105 Stat. 1855, which related to assistance for control of spread of weeds and pests, was omitted in the general amendment of this subchapter by Pub. L. 104–127.
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