NESP DIGEST: Summer 2017
Guidebook Resource Added
The Federal Resource Management and Ecosystem Services Guidebook  website contains a link to a new resource: a U.S. Department of Agriculture technical report on the state of the science for forest ecosystem services. 

Natural Capital Assessments and Better Business Decisions  
In NESP's April webinar, Doug MacNair of Environmental Resource Management and Eva Zabey of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development discussed the Natural Capital Protocol. Watch the recording online.
Upcoming Webinars
  • Thursday, June 29, 3 p.m. EST
Lisa Wainger (University of Maryland) and David Ervin (Portland State University) will discuss findings of a recent Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics report, The Valuation of Ecosystem Services from Farms and Forests, which resulted from an interdisciplinary project that they co-chaired. Using a conceptual value framework and the best available science, the project teams-comprised of experts on water quality, forests carbon sequestration, and pollinator habitat-developed reliable and consistent approaches for assessing monetary and non-monetary benefits of national conservation programs. The presentation will cover the process used to inform the systematic approach to quantifying benefits of conservation programs. It will focus on ecosystem service benefits generated by improved water quality and will touch on benefits resulting from pollinators and carbon sequestration by forests. Lessons will be reviewed to chart a path forward for ecosystem services valuation. Advance registration is required.
  • Wednesday, August 2, 3 p.m. EST 
On behalf of Canada's federal-provincial-territorial governments' Value of Nature to Canadians Study Taskforce, Susan Preston (Environment and Climate Change Canada) and Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne (McGill University) wrote The Ecosystem Services Toolkit. The toolkit helps users determine whether an ecosystem services approach is needed to address a given situation, to complete a robust ecosystem services assessment, to understand what the results of such an assessment mean and do not mean, and to incorporate ecosystem services analyses and considerations in a wide range of policy, decision, and management processes.   Advance registration is required. 
How an Environmental Law Creates Jobs in Coal Country . Ohio Valley ReSource, March 31.

Wisconsin's Growing Mitigation Industry . Wisconsin Public Radio, April 7.

Nine Ideas to Bridge the Gap in Conservation Finance . Conservation Finance Network, April 24.

Carbon Offsetting Buyers' Guide 1.0 . Ecosystem Marketplace, April 25.

The Natural Capital of City Trees . Science, April 28.

Binder, S., R.G. Haight, S. Polasky, T. Wariniack, M.H. Mockrin, R.L. Deal, and G. Arthaud. 2017. Assessment and Valuation of Forest Ecosystem Services: State of the Science Review . United States Department of Agriculture.

Burkhard, B., and M. Joachim. 2017.   Mapping Ecosystem Services . Pensoft Publishers.

Conservation Finance Network. 2017. Private Capital for Working Lands Conservation.

Drakou, E.G., L. Pendleton, M. Effron, J.C. Ingram, L. and Teneva. 2017. "When Ecosystems and Their Services Are Not Co-Located: Oceans and Coasts." ICES Journal of Marine Science.

Forest Trends' Ecosystem Marketplace. 2017.   Unlocking Potential: State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets .

Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean and the Environmental Law Institute. 2016.   Developing Wetland Restoration Priorities for Climate Risk Reduction and Resilience in the MARCO Region .

Pacific Institute, CDP, The Nature Conservancy, World Resources Institute, and WWF International. 2017. Exploring the Case for Corporate Context-based Water Targets.

Pendleton, L., and P. Edwards. 2017. "Measuring the Human 'So What' of Large-Scale Coral Reef Loss." Biodiversity 18(1): 13-15.

Reynaud, A., and D. Lanzanova. 2017. "A Global Meta-Analysis of the Value of Ecosystem Services Provided by Lakes." Ecological Economics 137: 184­-194.

June 20-22.   World Green Infrastructure Congress . Berlin, Germany.

June 26-30. Training Course for Mitigation Banking and In-Lieu Fee Program Interagency Review Teams . Shepardstown, West Virginia.

June 27-29.
One Water Summit . New Orleans, Louisiana.
July 23-27. International Congress for Conservation Biology . Cartagena, Colombia.

August 27-September 1.   World Conference on Ecological Restoration . Foz do Iguassu, Brazil.

October 26-28. Land Trust Alliance Rally . Denver, Colorado.

November 5-9. Ecosystem Services Session at the   Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation Conference . Providence, Rhode Island.

November 8-9.
Wildlife Habitat Council Corporate Conservation Conference . Baltimore, Maryland.

December 11-15.
  Ecosystem Services Partnership World Conference . Shenzhen, China.

December 3-7,2018.
A Community for Ecosystem Services (ACES) . Washington, D.C.
Water Scarcity and Markets Strategy Director. The Nature Conservancy. Washington, D.C. (Negotiable)
General Council (part time). Center for Resource Solutions. San Francisco, California.
Habitat Program Manager. Willamette Partnership. Portland, Oregon.
Parks for People Project Manager. The Trust for Public Land. Los Angeles, California.
Policy Officer. Forest Stewardship Council. Bonn, Germany.


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