Events - Nature-Based Solutions

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ACES: A Community on Ecosystem Services Conference

Lydia Olander, program director, will be a plenary closing speaker at the ACES: A Community on Ecosystem Services conference.

Date
Monday, December 9, 2024 to Thursday, December 12
Location
Austin, Texas

Virtual Town Hall: Duke University at Climate Week NYC and COP29

Are you a Duke University alum with plans (or potential plans) to attend Climate Week NYC (September 22-29) or the UNFCCC’s Conference of Parties (COP29) in Baku, Azerbaijan (November 11-22)? Duke University experts will again take part in these important convenings alongside climate thought leaders and decision-makers from across the world—and we are eager to connect with other Duke community members who will be there.

Join this virtual town hall to hear about the Duke community’s plans for these events. Hosted by the Office of Climate and Sustainability and the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability.

Date and Time
Monday, August 26, 2024 - 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location
Virtual

Unpacking England’s ‘Biodiversity Net Gain’ Law: A New Approach to Development

One of the largest threats to biodiversity worldwide is development and associated land use change. A new law in England went into effect in early 2024, aiming to ensure that habitats for wildlife are left in a measurably better state than they were before development occurred.

Join this webinar to learn about how the law came to be, including the concept development, timeline, barriers, breakthroughs, and eventual implementation. Organized by the National Ecosystem Services Partnership (NESP) and Environmental Policy Innovation Center (EPIC).

Date and Time
Thursday, May 30, 2024 - 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. (ET)
Location
Webinar

Network for Engineering With Nature (N-EWN) Partners Meeting External link

N-EWN's goal for this symposium is to provide partners (including Duke University) with an opportunity to learn about the innovative work of each organization, create stronger connections between partners, and facilitate collaboration on new projects. Register by Feb. 1 for a discounted Early Bird registration fee ($250 for faculty, staff, and other non-students; $125 for students).

Date
Wednesday, May 22, 2024 to Friday, May 24
Location
Hyatt Place St. Augustine/Vilano Beach, 117 Vilano Road, St. Augustine, FL 32084

2024 National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration

Nicholas Institute experts Sara Mason, Lydia Olander, and Katie Warnell are participating in the National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration (NCER) this year. NCER is a premier gathering of ecosystem restoration professionals from across the country, featuring four days of presentations dedicated to both small and large scale ecosystem restoration. 

Date
Sunday, April 14, 2024 to Friday, April 19
Location
Albuquerque, NM

New U.S. Army Corps Rule, New Possibilities for Water Resources Projects

Earlier this year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released a proposed rule that establishes updated agency specific procedures (ASPs) for how the Corps' Principles, Requirements, and Guidelines are implemented. In this informational webinar from the National Ecosystem Services Partnership, panelists will explore how and why the updated ASPs came to be, the implications of the ASP update for water resource projects, and how USACE project partners expect to be able to leverage the updated rule to better provide multibenefit projects.

Date and Time
Tuesday, April 2, 2024 - 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Location
Webinar

State and Regional Programs Supporting Natural Climate Solutions

Governments are beginning to promote and incentivize natural climate solutions as one of the important ways to address the climate crisis. The latest session of the Nature-Based Solutions: Current Issues webinar series will spotlight two such government programs in the United States—the Massachusetts Forests as Climate Solutions Initiative and the Regional Climate Protection Authority in Sonoma County, California.

Date and Time
Friday, December 15, 2023 - 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Location
Webinar via Zoom

Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center: 2023 Virtual Open House External link

Join the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (SE CASC) November 9 to learn more about cycle 3 of the SE CASC in an interactive, virtual open house. They will introduce the upcoming call for the Global Change Fellows program, discuss future research opportunities, and much more. Come learn about, and provide feedback on, research priorities for climate adaptation in the southeast!

Date and Time
Thursday, November 9, 2023 - 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Location
Virtual via Zoom

NESP Webinar: New White House Guidance on Accounting for Ecosystem Services in Benefit-Cost Analysis

The National Ecosystem Services Partnership (NESP) invites those interested in ecosystem services and nature-based solutions to a webinar on August 23. Attendees will hear from speakers involved in newly released White House draft guidance from the Executive Office of the President on accounting for ecosystems services in benefit-cost analysis.

Date and Time
Wednesday, August 23, 2023 - 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Location
Virtual via Zoom

Financing Nature-Based Solutions Using Green Banks

This in-person panel event features four speakers who detail past examples and proposed concepts for financing nature-based solutions using green banks. The speakers also share insights about scaling up implementation of these types of financial mechanisms. Organized by the Nicholas Institute and the Environmental Policy Innovation Center.

Date and Time
Thursday, July 27, 2023 - 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Location
Duke in DC (1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004)

Blue Economy Summit 2023

The idea of the “blue economy” is compelling—and contested. On one hand, there is growing enthusiasm for using the oceans’ resources to grow economies and improve livelihoods while maintaining healthy marine ecosystems. On the other hand, the acceleration of ocean-based economic activity threatens to overwhelm increasingly vulnerable environments and communities. This is particularly important for small-scale fishing communities, which is likely the oceans’ largest source of livelihoods.

Date and Time
Friday, March 3, 2023 - 6 p.m. to Saturday, March 4 - 4:30 p.m.
Location
Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

Enhancing Conservation Benefits for People and Nature in North Carolina: Introducing Two New Online Tools

Conservation organizations and land trusts in North Carolina are increasingly focused on how their work can 1) contribute to humans’ and ecosystems’ resilience and adaptation to climate change and 2) directly mitigate climate change through carbon storage and sequestration.

In response, the Conservation Trust for North Carolina and the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability at Duke University have developed two online tools to help organizations to consider a broad suite of conservation benefits in their work in North Carolina.

Date and Time
Wednesday, February 8, 2023 - 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location
Webinar

The Nature-Based Solutions Roadmap for the United States

In November, the Biden-Harris administration released a roadmap for unlocking the potential of nature-based solutions in the United States. In the fourth session of the Nature-Based Solutions: Current Issues webinar series, hear from two authors of the roadmap, as well as federal agency representatives.

Date and Time
Wednesday, January 18, 2023 - 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location
Webinar

Federal Cost-Benefit Analysis Policies for Evaluating Nature-Based Solutions

US federal agencies use cost-benefit analysis (CBA) to make decisions about the types of infrastructure projects to implement. In the third session of the Nature-Based Solutions: Current Issues webinar series, experts working with the federal government discuss how these policies might be updated to enable more nature-based solutions projects.

Date and Time
Thursday, January 12, 2023 - 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location
Webinar

2022 A Community on Ecosystem Services (ACES) Conference

Nicholas Institute experts will present some of their latest work and discuss the National Ecosystem Services Partnership during the ACES conference.

Date
Monday, December 12, 2022 to Thursday, December 15
Location
Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, Arlington, VA

Financing Mechanisms for Nature-Based Solutions Projects

One of the major hurdles keeping NbS projects from scaling up is finding ways to pay for them. This session, the second of the Nature-based Solutions: Current Issues webinar series, highlights insights about various mechanisms that can be used to pay for NbS, including state and federal policies and programs, as well as finance tools.

Date and Time
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Location
Webinar

How Does Nature Measure Up? Innovative Examples of Cost-Benefit Analysis of Nature-Based Solutions

Session one of the Nature-based Solutions: Current Issues webinar series focuses on assessing the costs and benefits of NbS. How can we account for all the benefits NbS provide? How do they compare to more traditional (gray infrastructure) solutions? What is the return on investment for NbS?

Date and Time
Monday, November 14, 2022 - 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location
Webinar

Policy Applications of Natural Capital Accounts in the U.S.

In this National Ecosystem Services Partnership (NESP) webinar, hear about three examples of policy applications for Natural Capital Accounts (NCA) from Carter Ingram (The Pollination Group), Eli Fenichel (Office of Science and Technology Policy), and Kirsten Oleson (University of Hawai'i).

Date and Time
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 - 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location
Webinar

Piloting Natural Capital Accounts for the United States

Natural capital accounting provides a way to integrate the value of ecosystem services into national economic reporting systems and is increasingly being adopted around the world.

Date and Time
Friday, March 11, 2022 - 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Location
Webinar

Global Earth-Economy Modeling: Linking GTAP and InVEST to address sustainability challenges

In this National Ecosystem Services Partnership (NESP) webinar, Justin Johnson (University of Minnesota) will present recent work completed with the World Bank that lays out a new model, GTAP-InVEST, that links a computable general equilibrium model from the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) with an ecosystem services model, Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs (InVEST), to assess important sustainability challenges.

Date and Time
Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location
Webinar