Date & Time
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 6:00pm to Friday, June 2, 2017 - 12:00pm
Aspen Meadows Resort Aspen, Colorado
2017 Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum: Deepening Groundwater Sustainability

Water Program director Martin Doyle will moderate the roundtable at the 2017 Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum in Aspen, Colorado, May 30–June 2. The 2017 forum will explore the past, present, and future of groundwater, depletion of which has led to stream flow losses, saltwater intrusions, land subsidence, and impaired water quality. Technological advancements in groundwater monitoring, modeling, and treatment are providing new understanding into how unique groundwater systems operate, and innovative management practices are beginning to offer lessons about sustainable groundwater management. This year’s roundtable of experts from multiple sectors will examine emerging groundwater topics, ranging from new measurement techniques developed by private industry to novel groundwater markets in Nebraska to new regulations in California. 

The Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum--an annual, collaborative initiative between the Nicholas Institute and the Aspen Institute--gathers dozens of thought leaders to discuss domestic water challenges in the 21st century. The participants are leaders from industry, finance, government and academia, including representatives from water utilities, agriculture, food, and technology companies, investors, and entrepreneurs.

Date & Time
Monday, June 5, 2017 -
1:15pm to 2:30pm
Conference Room 1 United Nations Headquarters  New York
Transitioning to the Blue Economy: Partnerships, Innovation, and Approaches for Small Island States

Ocean and Coastal Policy Program director John Virdin will share his expertise on the so-called blue economy at this side event at the Ocean Conference, the high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. The conference will be convened at United Nations Headquarters in New York, June 5–9, coinciding with World Oceans Day, June 8.

Date & Time
Thursday, June 29, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:15pm
Online Webinar
Webinar: Valuation of Ecosystem Services from Farms and Forests

In this webinar, Lisa Wainger of the University of Maryland and David Ervin of 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.

Date & Time
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:30pm
Online Webinar
Webinar: Canadian Ecosystem Services Toolkit

In this National Ecosystem Services Partnership webinar, Susan Preston of Environment and Climate Change Canada will discuss The Canadian Ecosystem Services Toolkit at 3 p.m. ET on August 2. 

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.