Meetings and Webinars

All times U.S. ET unless noted.
Date and Time
Friday, December 15, 2023 - 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Location
Webinar via Zoom

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
Wednesday, August 23, 2023 - 1 p.m. to 2 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 Attendees will hear from speakers involved in newly released White House draft guidance from the Executive Office of the President on accounting for ecosystems services in benefit-cost analysis.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, January 18, 2023 - 2 p.m. to 3:30 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
Thursday, January 12, 2023 - 12 p.m. to 1:30 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
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Location
Webinar

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
Monday, November 14, 2022 - 1:30 p.m. to 3 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
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 - 3 p.m. to 4 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).

Speakers: Carter Ingram (The Pollination Group), Eli Fenichel (Office of Science and Technology Policy), and Kirsten Oleson (University of Hawaii)
Date and Time
Friday, March 11, 2022 - 1 p.m. to 2 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.

Speakers: Ken Bagstad (USGS), Scott Wentland (BEA), Mehdi Heris (Hunter College), and Katie Warnell (Duke University)
Date and Time
Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 2 p.m. to 3 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.

Speakers: Justin Johnson (University of Minnesota)
Date and Time
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location
Webinar

Payments for forest-based ecosystem services from private lands in the United States

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.

Speakers: Gregory Frey, U.S. Forest Service
Date and Time
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location
Webinar

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.

Speakers: Bonnie Keeler (University of Minnesota)
Date and Time
Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Location
Online Webinar

Equity and Ecosystem Services Webinar - Part 2

By linking nature and people, ecosystem services can be a valuable tool for understanding racial and social justice around natural resource management and environmental degradation. There is no easy recipe for integrating equity in ecosystem services work, but hearing about different ways that people have addressed the interplay between equity and ecosystem services can help us all to think more critically about inequities in our work related to who benefits from ecosystem services, how decisions are made about managing ecosystem services, and what services are prioritized.

Speakers: Marta Berbes (ASU), Kai Chan (UBC), Bonnie Keeler (UMN)
Date and Time
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location
Online Webinar

Equity and Ecosystem Services Webinar - Part 1

By linking nature and people, ecosystem services can be a valuable tool for understanding racial and social justice around natural resource management and environmental degradation. There is no easy recipe for integrating equity in ecosystem services work, but hearing about different ways that people have addressed the interplay between equity and ecosystem services can help us all to think more critically about inequities in our work related to who benefits from ecosystem services, how decisions are made about managing ecosystem services, and what services are prioritized.

Speakers: Leah Bremer (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa), Benis Egoh (University of California Irvine), Jacqueline Loos (Leuphana University)
Date and Time
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location
Online webinar

NESP Ecosystem Services Toolkit Tour

The National Ecosystem Services Partnership (NESP) was formed over a decade ago to create a national network for sharing ecosystem services information, to establish pathways for implementation of ecosystem services concepts, and to help integrate ecosystem services information into decision-making.

Speakers: Lydia Olander, Sara Mason, Katie Warnell, and Rachel Karasik of the Nicholas Institute at Duke University
Date and Time
Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location
Online Webinar

Piloting Ecosystem Accounts for the Southeastern U.S.

Hear from Ken Bagstad (USGS), Katie Warnell (Duke University), Charles Rhodes (TBD Economics), and Marc Russell (US EPA) about "Testing ecosystem accounting in the United States: A case study for the Southeast" [DOI link] that details the first effort to develop Ecosystem Accounts for the U.S. at a broad scale. The team will describe the potential for U.S.

Speakers: Ken Bagstad (USGS), Katie Warnell (Duke University), Charles Rhodes (TBD Economics), and Marc Russell (US EPA)
Date and Time
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location
Online webinar

Ecosystem Service Assessments at Three National Wildlife Refuges: Methods, Results, and Lessons

In the next National Ecosystem Services Partnership (NESP) webinar, hear from Emily Pindilli, an economist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), about the USGS LandCarbon program’s in-depth ecosystem service assessments at three different National Wildlife Refuges.

Speakers: Emily Pindilli, U.S. Geological Survey
Date and Time
Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location
Online webinar

Interpreting the IPBES Global Assessment

In the next National Ecosystem Services Partnership (NESP) webinar on Thursday, August 1, at 2 p.m. ET, report co-authors Alex Pfaff from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, and Stephen Polasky from the Department of Applied Economics at University of Minnesota, will present an interpretation of the report contents and its implications.

Speakers: Alex Pfaff (Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University), and Stephen Polasky (Department of Applied Economics at University of Minnesota)
Date and Time
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location
Online webinar

Exploring Applications of Ecosystem Service Conceptual Models for Coastal Habitats

Dr. Lydia Olander and Sara Mason of Duke University will share their approach to using Ecosystem Services Conceptual Models as a framework to think about ecosystem services and how they can be considered within the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.

Speakers: Lydia Olander and Sara Mason of the Nicholas Institute at Duke University
Date and Time
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location
Online webinar

Innovative Ways for States to Finance Agricultural Conservation Programs

In this National Ecosystem Services Partnership (NESP) webinar, presented on Tuesday, June 18, Vincent Gauthier and John Feldmann discuss the findings of a masters thesis at Duke University focused on identifying state-level agricultural conservation programs with non-traditional financing mechanisms.

Speakers: Vincent Gauthier and John Feldmann, Duke University
Date and Time
Friday, April 12, 2019 - 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location
Online webinar

How Governments Can Boost Natural Capital Thinking for Better Decision-Making: Global Overview and Practical Examples

Hear from the Natural Capital Coalition (NCC), an international collaboration that unites the global natural capital community, about the progress and outcomes of the Government Dialogue on Natural Capital in the next National Ecosystem Services Partnership (NESP) webinar on Friday, April 12, 11a.m. - 12 p.m. ET.  

Speakers: Martin Lok and Marta Santamaria (Natural Capital Coalition), Irene Alvarado Quesada (Central Bank of Costa Rica), Sander de Bruyn (CE Delft) and Leendert-Jan de Olde (PHILIPS)