NESP DIGEST: January 2019
NESP Webinar: Integrating Ecosystem Values into Cost-Benefit Analysis at USAID
Hear Aaron Bruner (Conservation Strategy Fund), Jenny Kane (USAID Office of Forestry and Biodiversity), and Paul Oliver (USAID Office of Economic Policy) present on a new USAID report. Because ecosystem services are often unrecognized or difficult to value, they have not typically been considered in USAID-funded cost-benefit analyses. This puts USAID at risk of failing to identify key programming dependencies on natural ecosystems or impacts on ecosystem services and development outcomes. Integrating ecosystem service valuations in CBAs at USAID offers an opportunity to identify and mitigate these impacts, and to design innovative programming that maintains and benefits from ecosystem services. To support this work, the USAID Offices of Forestry and Biodiversity and Economic Policy developed recommendations for including ecosystem service valuations into USAID CBAs, with the support of the USAID BRIDGE project and the Conservation Strategy Fund. This presentation will describe these recommendations and the motivations that led to them.
The webinar will be held February 28, from 12:30-1:30p Eastern. Register here.

Uganda Launches Natural Capital Accounting Program. East African Business Week, Oct 24.

Tapping into Public Health Dollars to Restore Urban Forests. Conservation Finance Network, Nov 8.

Daryanto, S., B. Fu, L. Wang, P. Jacinthe, and W. Zhao. 2018. "Quantitative Synthesis on the Ecosystem Services of Cover Crops." Earth Science Reviews 185: 357-373.

FAO and UNECE. 2018. Forests and Water: Valuation and Payments for Forest Ecosystem Services. Geneva, Switzerland: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

Fargione et al. 2018. "Natural Climate Solutions for the United States." Science Advances 4(11): eaat1869.

Houlden, V., S. Wich, J.P. de Albuquerque, S. Jarvis, and K. Rees. 2018. "The Relationship Between Greenspace and the Mental Wellbeing of Adults: A Systematic Review." PloS one 13(9): e0203000.

Jaworski, D., J.D. Kline, C. Miller, K. Ng, M. Retzlaff, H. Eichman, and D. Smith. 2018. Evaluating Ecosystem Services as Management Outcomes in National Forest and Grassland Planning Assessments. USDA Forest Service.

Khumalo, L., and G. Stonecipher. 2018. Healthy Landscapes Healthy People: A Guidebook for Montana Communities Preparing for a Changing Climate. The Center for Large Landscape Conservation.

Lipton et al. 2018. "Ecosystems, Ecosystem Services, and Biodiversity." In Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II. U.S. Global Change Research Program.

Salzman, J., G. Bennett, N. Carroll, A. Goldstein, and M. Jenkins. 2018. "Payments for Ecosystem Services: Past, Present, and Future." Texas A&M Law Review 6(1): 199-227.

Shimamoto, C.Y., A.A. Padial, C.M. da Rosa, and M.C.M. Marques. 2018. Restoration of Ecosystem Services in Tropical Forests: A Global Meta-Analysis. PloS one 13(12): e0208523.

Southwick Associates. 2018. Quantifying the Economic Contributions of Wildlife-Related Recreation on BLM Lands. Pew Charitable Trusts, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Wildlife Management Institute, Trout Unlimited, Archery Trade Association, American Fly Fishing Trade Association.

Tallis et al. 2018. An Attainable Global Vision for Conservation and Human Well-Being. Frontiers in Ecology and Environment.
March 18-21 2019. Natural Capital Symposium. Stanford, California.

May 8-11 2019. World Conference on "Forests for Public Health." Athens, Greece.

June 4-7 2019. The Nature of Cities Summit. Paris, France.

June 24-28 2019. Conservation Finance Boot Camp. Portland, Oregon.
Job Opportunities
Impact Investing Internship: Environment Team. Quantified Ventures, Washington, DC.
Senior Associate, Environmental Finance. Quantified Ventures, Washington, DC.
Urban Water Finance Manager. World Resources Institute, Washington, DC.
Ecosystem Services Specialist. Tetra Tech. Burlington, Vermont OR Arlington, Virginia.


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