NESP DIGEST: Spring 2017
Guidebook Resources Added
The Federal Resource Management and Ecosystem Services Guidebook  website contains links to new resources, including a U.S. Forest Service document on incorporating ecosystem services into forest policy and operations; multiple ecosystem services reports by the Council on Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics; and an Ecosystem Services Toolkit  from Canada.

An Accounting Approach to Ecosystem Services
In NESP's February webinar, Kenneth Bagstad and Carl Shapiro of the U.S. Geological Survey and Carter Ingram of Ernst and Young discussed natural capital accounting. Watch the recording .

Upcoming Webinars
  • Wednesday, April 26, 11 a.m. EST
In July 2016, the Natural Capital Coalition released the  Natural Capital Protocol , the first globally standardized framework for identifying, measuring and valuing natural capital in business. The Coalition is an international collaboration between nearly 250 global organizations from across the international economy. The Protocol is a decision-making framework, and does not prescribe specific tools or methodologies. In order to connect business with the tools they need to make better decisions, World Business Council For Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has developed a Natural Capital Protocol Toolkit. On April 26, listen to Doug MacNair from Environmental Resource Management and Eva Zabey from WBCSD discuss how using the Protocol and the Toolkit can highlight risks and uncover opportunities in global businesses.  Advanced registration is required.
  • Thursday, May 4, 2 p.m. EST 
A webinar hosted by the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks (GCPO) Landscape Conservation Cooperative will discuss attitudes of landowners toward ecosystem services as elicited by a survey-a project in which NESP researchers participated.  The webinar will focus on survey findings as well as a social network analysis of the various types of conservation practitioners who work with private landowners in the GCPO. Advanced registration is required.
  • Thursday, May 25, 3 p.m. EST 
Released earlier this year, The Ecosystem Services Toolkit was co-authored by Susan Preston of Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne of McGill University. Created on behalf of Canada's Federal-Provincial-Territorial governments' Value of Nature to Canadians Study Taskforce, the toolkit provides practical step-by-step advice on ecosystem services approaches; completing an ecosystem service assessment; understanding what the results of such an assessment mean; and incorporating ecosystem services analyses and considerations in a wide range of policy, decision, and management processes.  Advanced registration is required.

The Cost of Oversimplification . CIFOR , January 4.
  Green Deserts or Functional Forests? CIFOR, January 12.
  Conservationists Embrace New Environmental Tool: Water Leasing. Ecosystem Marketplace, January 20.
  Trump Can Save 220,000 Rural Jobs and Conserve Nature. Will He? Ecosystem Marketplace, February 6.
Using Google to Map Our Ecosystem . ScienceDaily, February 28.
Forests Sustaining Agriculture?  CIFOR, February 28.
Federal, Provincial, and Territorial Governments of Canada: Value of Nature to Canadians Study Taskforce. 2017. Completing and Using Ecosystem Service Assessment for Decision-Making: An Interdisciplinary Toolkit for Managers and Analysts.

Forest Trends' Ecosystem Marketplace. 2016. State of Watershed Investment 2016.

Forest Trends' Ecosystem Marketplace. 2016.   State of Private Investment in Conservation 2016.

Golden, J.S., J. Virdin, D. Nowacek, P. Halpin, L. Bennear, and P.G. Patil. 2017.   Making Sure the Blue Economy is Green. Nature Ecology and Evolution 1(2017): 17.

Harrison, J., A. Pickle, T. Vegh, and J. Virdin. 2017.   North Carolina's Ocean Economy: A First Assessment and Transitioning to a Blue Economy.

Smith, M.D., A. Oglend, A.J. Kirkpatrick, F. Asche, L.S. Bennear, J.K. Craig, and J.M. Nance. 2017. Seafood Prices Reveal Impacts of a Major Ecological Disturbance. PNAS 114(7): 1512-1517.

Vaughn, C.C. 2017. Ecosystem Services Provided by Freshwater Mussels . Hydrobiologia (2017).

Wainger, L. and D. Ervin (editors). 2017. The Valuation of Ecosystem Services from Farms and Forests: Informing a systematic approach to quantifying benefits of conservation programs. The Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (C-FARE).

  • March 27. Ecosystem Services Training Session. Durham, NC.
  • March 28. Panel on NEPA and Ecosystem Services. Durham, NC.
March 27-31. ACES Oceania Ecosystem Services Forum. Brisbane, Australia.

May 9-11. National Adaptation Forum. St. Paul, MN.

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

July 23-27. International Congress for Conservation Biology. Cartagena, Colombia.

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

December 11-15. Ecosystem Services Partnership World Conference. Shenzhen, China.
Assistant Director of Regional Engagement. COMPASS. Oregon or California.
Program Director, Latin America and Caribbean. Nature Serve. Latin America or Caribbean.
Senior Research Officer, REDD+ Climate Policy. Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). Bogor, Indonesia.
Program Officer. Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). Washington, D.C.
Project Analyst, Forestry. The Climate Trust. Portland, Oregon.
Climate and International Advocate. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Washington, D.C.


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