Events - Ecosystem Services
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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 Attendees will hear from speakers involved in newly released White House draft guidance from the Executive Office of the President on accounting for ecosystems services in benefit-cost analysis.
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.
Register for the latest webinar in this coastal resilience series presented by Restore America's Estuaries and co-hosed by the Nicholas Institute. Experts will discuss permitting processes that present formidable "green tape" barriers to recent legislative and executive actions unlocking historic funding for improving coastal resilience. Among featured experts will be Rachel Karasik from the Nicholas Institute.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nicholas Institute experts will present some of their latest work and discuss the National Ecosystem Services Partnership during the ACES conference.
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.
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?
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).
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.
Habitat restoration is now being championed as a scalable strategy to reverse global habitat declines. This Oceans @ Duke panel discussion will include experts in the ecosystem restoration, who will provide insights into vital questions related to this topic.
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.
The Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Service Logic Models and Socio-Economic Indicators (GEMS) project was a three-year effort to advance standardized socio-economic metrics. The project team will discuss the models, metrics, protocols, and web-based tools that were developed.
Rachel Karasik, Policy Associate, will present on Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Service Logic Models & Socio-Economic Indicators (GEMS) during GOMA's Virtual Tool Cafe.
In this National Ecosystem Services Partnership (NESP) webinar, hear from Gregory Frey at the U.S. Forest Service, who will present on an effort to account, estimate, and document the full extent of direct payments for ecosystem services to private forest landowners in the United States. This includes payments derived from markets, subsidies, and hybrid approaches, from both governmental and non-governmental sources.
This webinar will share results of the Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Service Logic Models and Socio-Economic Indicators (GEMS) project, which aims to advance standardized socio-economic metrics that encompass the broad environmental, social and economic goals of restoration success shared by many institutions across the Gulf. We will discuss the models, metrics, protocols, and web-based tools that were developed throughout this 3-year project with input from a large group of experts and stakeholders.
Different methods, different values: How the choice of ecosystem service valuation methods can affect cost-benefit analysis and prioritization decisions
In this National Ecosystem Services Partnership (NESP) webinar, hear from Bonnie Keeler (University of Minnesota) for a presentation that will synthesize the results of over a decade of ecosystem services valuation work in the U.S. state of Minnesota.
This webinar is one of a 3-part series to share results of the Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Service Logic Models and Socio-Economic Indicators (GEMS) project, which aims to advance standardized socio-economic metrics that encompass the broad environmental, social and economic goals of restoration success shared by many institutions across the Gulf. In a set of three webinars, we will discuss the models, metrics, protocols, and web-based tools that were developed throughout this 3-year project with input from a large group of experts and stakeholders.