NESP DIGEST: Winter 2016
New NESP Publications
In a   blog post, the Nicholas Institute's Sara Mason writes about attending the A Community on Ecosystem Services (ACES) conference in Jacksonville, Florida. There, Mason says, the common theme was the absolute importance of telling engaging stories on ecosystem services that not only resonate with all types of audiences, but are framed to engage communities no matter what their political views.

NESP will offer a half day training on ecosystem services and federal decision making and leading a panel on ecosystem services and NEPA at the National Association of Environmental Professional  meeting in March 2017.

B ridge Collaborative Launches
NESP is now linked to the newly launched Bridge Collaborative led by The Nature Conservancy, PATH, IFPRI and Duke University. The collaborative envisions the global health, development and environment communities jointly solving today's complex, interconnected challenges.

Upcoming Webinars
  • Tuesday, January 17, 3-4 p.m. ET
The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions' Sara Mason discusses her work for the Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative, a three-part project focused on the ecosystem services important to private landowners in the region. In this webinar, she will present the maps she created showing where the provisioning of ecosystem services and possible demand for them exist in the region, and discuss how they can be applied in a variety of ways. This webinar  hosted by the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative is free and open to the public, but  advanced registration is required.
  • Thursday, February 23, 3:30-5 p.m. ET
Natural capital accounting-a tool being 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. Join us 3:30-5 p.m. ET on February 23 as 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.This webinar is free and open to the public, but  advanced registration is required.  
Ecosystem Services Training
Would you or your colleagues find a training course in ecosystem services helpful? Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment's executive education program is currently scoping a prospective ecosystem services training course and we are asking for your input and experiences in shaping it. If you would like to help us gauge demand for such a course to be offered by Duke, please answer this 3-minute survey.  
How Small Forests Can Help Save the Planet . The New York Times, September 26.
DC Water, Goldman Sachs and Calvert Foundation Pioneer Environmental Impact Bond . District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority, September 29.
Counting the Full Value of Farming . Country Guide, October 14.
People Need Nature.  Environmental Finance, October 20.
New Bond Aims to Unlock Private Investment to Protect Forests . Conservation International, October 31.
Environmental Protection Must be Priority in Times of Conflict, Say UN Officials . International Institute for Sustainable Development, November 9.
Olander, L.P. G. W. Characklis, P. Comer, M. Effron, J. Gunn, T. Holmes, R. Johnston, J. Kagan, W. Lehman, J. Loomis, T. McPhearson, A. Neale, L. Patterson, L. Richardson, M. Ross, D. Saah, S. Sifleet, K. Stockmann, D. Urban, L. Wainger, R.Winthrop, and D. Yoskowitz. 2016. " Data and Modeling Infrastructure for National Integration of Ecosystem Services into Decision Making: Expert Summaries." NESP WP 16-02. Durham: National Ecosystem Services Partnership.
Murray, B.C. 2016. " Ecosystem Service Concepts in Practice." Canadian Public Policy 42(S1): S24-S31. DOI:

Shepherd, E., E.J. Milner-Gulland, A.T. Knight, M. A. Ling, S. Darrah, A. van Soesbergen, and N.D. Burgess. " Status and Trends in Global Ecosystem Services and Natural Capital: Assessing Progress Toward Aichi Biodiversity Target 14." Conservation Letters. doi 10.1111/conl.12320
Olander, L.P., D. Urban, R.J. Johnston, G. Van Houtven, and J. Kagan. 2016. " Proposal for Increasing Consistency When Incorporating Ecosystem Services into Decision Making." NESP Policy Brief 16-01. Durham, NC: National Ecosystem Services Partnership,
Pendleton, L., A. Comte, C. Langdon, J. A. Ekstrom, S. R. Cooley, L. Suatoni, M. W. Beck, L. M. Brander, L. Burke, J. E. Cinner, C. Doherty, P. E. T. Edwards, D. Gledhill, L. Jiang, R. J. van Hooidonk, L. Teh, G. G. Waldbusser, and J. Ritter. 2016. " Coral Reefs and People in a High-CO2 World: Where Can Science Make a Difference to People?" PLOS ONE 11(11): 1-11. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0164699

February 16-20, 2017. American Association for the Advancement of Science 2017 Annual Meeting (With sessions on ecosystem services). Boston, Massachusetts.
March 20-23, 2017.  Natural Capital Symposium. Stanford, California.

March 27-30, 2017.  National Association of Environmental Professionals. Durham, North Carolina.
March 27-31, 2017.  ACES Oceania Ecosystem Services Forum. Brisbane, Australia.
July 23-27, 2017.  International Congress for Conservation Biology. Cartagena, Colombia.

Director, Climate and Energy Program. Nicholas Institute, Duke University. Durham, North Carolina.
Program Director. The Nature Conservancy. Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Senior Program Officer, Resilient Coastal Ecosystem Initiative. World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Washington, D.C.
Colorado Urban Conservation Program Manager. The Nature Conservancy. Boulder, Colorado.
North America Fisheries Director. The Nature Conservancy. Any TNC office in the United States. 


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