The Patterns of a Conservation Economy
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Examples of this pattern in action:

Salmon-Safe offers Northwest farmers a comprehensive agronomic certification program that provides a structured and reproducible procedure for recognizing those farm operations that are contributing to the recovery of native fish and stream ecosystem health. The focus of the certification process is on a broad array of management practices and the degree to which a farm's operations are compatible with best management practices for avoiding harm to streams and salmon populations.

Organic Trade Association
The mission of the Organic Trade Association is to encourage global sustainability by promoting diverse organic trade. OTA provides leadership consistent with organic principles and values, and creates and expands market opportunities for the industry.

Northwest Natural Resources Group
The criteria for certifying forests varies by region and organization. The Northwest Natural Resources Group, which assesses Washington forests for the international Forest Stewardship Council, awards certification based on questions such as these...

Organizations whose work incorporate this pattern:

Marine Stewardship Council

Forest Stewardship Council

Oregon Tilth Certified Organic

Certified Forest Products Council

Green Seal

Silva Forest Foundation


Forest Stewardship Council

Scientific Certification Systems


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Pattern Index

A Conservation Economy

Social Capital

Fundamental Needs

Subsistence Rights

Shelter For All


Access To Knowledge


Social Equity


Cultural Diversity

Cultural Preservation

Sense Of Place

Beauty And Play

Just Transitions

Civic Society

Natural Capital

Ecological Land-Use

Connected Wildlands

Core Reserves

Wildlife Corridors

Buffer Zones

Productive Rural Areas

Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Forestry

Sustainable Fisheries


Compact Towns And Cities

Human-Scale Neighborhoods

Green Building

Transit Access

Ecological Infrastructure

Urban Growth Boundaries

Ecosystem Services

Watershed Services

Soil Services

Climate Services


Economic Capital

Household Economies

Green Business

Long-Term Profitability

Community Benefit

Green Procurement

Renewable Energy

Sustainable Materials Cycles

Resource Efficiency

Waste As Resource

Product As Service

Local Economies

Value-Added Production

Rural-Urban Linkages

Local Assets

Bioregional Economies

Fair Trade

True Cost Pricing

Product Labeling