"The world is an intensely interconnected place, yet the methods used for collecting and evaluating evidence often end up missing the links," write the Nicholas Institute's Lydia Olander and the other secretariat members of the Bridge Collaborative, an effort to rethink how disciplines and sectors can work together to solve global problems. In a blog for Thrive, Olander and her co-authors say that t he private sector has a unique opportunity to partner with other sectors to solve problems that in the past were exacerbated by stakeholders and policy makers operating in silos. The newly launched Bridge Collaborative is co-led by Duke University, PATH, the International Food Policy Research Institute, and The Nature Conservancy . It connects health, environment, and development communities to accumulate evidence of change with positive social, environmental, and financial impacts.
A new United Nations Environment Programme report whose co-authors include the Nicholas Institute's John Virdin and Tibor Vegh explores the potential of international carbon finance mechanisms to help fund mangrove conservation along the west African coast covered by the Abidjan Convention. The report examines the scale of economic benefits that this conservation might provide, including benefits not always recognized in traditional assessments or valuations. It increases knowledge about the region's blue carbon stocks and the steps that the region's communities and countries could take to secure international payments for their conservation and avoided greenhouse gas emissions.
The Nicholas Institute will present the program for the 2017 Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) conference in San Francisco, April 19-21, in partnership with NACW organizer Climate Action Reserve. NACW session topics will include the state of the North American carbon market, international climate action after the Paris and Kigali agreements, financing for climate solutions, the future of offsets and their role, and the outlook for U.S. climate action under the Clean Air Act, which will be moderated by our policy counsel Christina Reichert.
Traditional Fossil Fuel Generation in North Carolina's Energy Future
April 11, Raleigh, North Carolina
Nuclear Energy's Future in the Southeast
April 12, Raleigh, North Carolina

How Natural Capital Assessments Can Help Businesses Make Better Decisions
April 26, Webinar  
Accounting Approach to Ecosystem Services
Natural capital accounting--a tool used in dozens of countries globally and by the private sector--tracks changes in ecosystem services and directly ties these changes to costs and benefits across different economic sectors. In this National Ecosystem Services Partnership webinar, Ken Bagstad and Carl Shapiro of the U.S. Geological Survey describe ongoing work to develop the infrastructure for a national natural capital accounting system in the United States. The system could be used for both public and private sector decision making. 
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