The future of managing real estate centers on a multi-dimensional approach to assessing and valuing land and resource-based assets. The days of approaching real estate from a single-use or one dimensional perspective are over for savvy investors and landowners.
Ecosystem Assets, or Eco-Assets, are geographic areas and processes within the natural world that provide valuable ecological services to both immediate and larger geographies and communities. Examples include restoring or preserving wetlands to help improve water quality and increase biodiversity; stream buffers that mitigate erosion and water pollution from non-point sources; carbon credit offsets through preservation and management of forests and soil that work to sequester and reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere; and habitat restoration and protection of endangered or threatened species that contribute to the overall health and diversity of the natural ecosystem.
These Eco-Assets have market values that can be quantified and monetized through free market exchanges and/or government funded programs. At UPRE, we are not mitigation bankers or carbon credit brokers, our role is to guide our clients through the process of understanding whether their real estate assets include Eco-Asset value and how to extract that value as part of a larger mosaic of opportunity.