NESP Digest: July 2020

As leaders of the National Ecosystem Services Partnership, we want to express our support for the widespread movements against systemic and institutionalized racism that have swept the world. Work in the ecosystem services space is intimately connected with issues of racial and social justice and as scholars and practitioners in this space, we must recognize that more often than not, delivery of ecosystem services is not equitable. This is not a new conversation—urban revitalization strategist Majora Carter discussed this very issue and the links between social, economic, and environmental degradation in a TED talk from 2006, and the environmental justice movement began in the 1980s with controversies around the country regarding the siting of landfills near communities of color. One of the more controversial of these sitings was in Warren County, NC—just three counties over from where we sit at Duke University. We commit to doing better to amplify these issues in the ecosystem services space and to better link with environmental justice spaces through this newsletter. We also pledge to bring the issues of racial justice more consciously and deliberately into our work and our reflections on the biases embedded in our institutions. 

A recent social media post by environmentalist Leah Thomas provides a definition of intersectional environmentalism that is particularly poignant for NESP: “This is an inclusive version of environmentalism that advocates for both the protection of people and the planet. It identifies the ways in which injustices happening to marginalized communities and the earth are interconnected. It brings injustices done to the most vulnerable communities, and the earth, to the forefront and does not minimize or silence social inequality. Intersectional environmentalisms advocates for justice for people + the planet.” (Read a commentary by Thomas with more details.)

For those of us in the ecosystem services space, advocating for "people and the planet" sounds pretty familiar. But we need to make sure that includes the voices, concerns, and input of all people, not just a select, privileged few.

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Stay tuned for an upcoming NESP webinar panel on ecosystem services and equity being planned for fall 2020.

NESP Resource: Online Toolkit for Natural Resource Managers
This new online resource provides an ecosystem services framework that is flexible while being standardized, intuitive, and credible. The toolkit is centered on a set of Ecosystem Services Conceptual Models (ESCMs) that offer an entry point for incorporating a suite of ecosystem services considerations into a program or project.

Watch a recording of our June webinar that gave a tour of the toolkit and walked through examples of its use in forest and coastal ecosystems through joint projects with the U.S. Forest Service, the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, and the Gulf Research Program.

NESP Webinar: Piloting Ecosystem Service Accounts for the Southeast U.S.
Watch a recording of our May webinar that described the first effort to develop Ecosystem Accounts for the U.S. at a broad scale.

Finding Joy in Everyday Biodiversity . Natural Capital Project, April 22.

Book Excerpt: Valuing Nature . Conservation Finance Network , May 19.

Forests and Covid-19: Recovering Our Future . New York Declaration on Forests, June 3.

Nature Insight: Speed Dating with the Future. A new podcast from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. IPBES , July 8.

The Living Pharmacy Project . Forest Trends , July 15.
August 2 6. National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration . Portland, Oregon. [Rescheduled for 2021.]

September 16 17. Virtual Symposium on Conservation Impact . Online.

October 21 22. Creating Conceptual Models to Systematically Think About Ecosystem Services . Online workshop hosted by Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

April 19 21, 2021. Planetary Health Annual Meeting . Sao Paulo, Brazil.

May 17 20, 2021. Ecosystem Services Partnership European Regional Conference . Tartu, Estonia.

December 13 16, 2021. A Community on Ecosystem Services . Bonita Springs, Florida. [Rescheduled from December 2020.]
Job Opportunities:

Senior Environmental Economist . World Bank Group. Washington, DC.

Carbon Analyst . Forest Carbon Works. Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Internship . Geospatial Eco-Health Research. Environmental Protection Agency. Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Director, California Water Program . The Nature Conservancy. Sacramento, California.
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