In May 2012, NESP and A Community on Ecosystem Services (ACES) hosted a forum for federal decision makers to discuss the use of ecosystem services accounting and valuation in natural resource management planning and decisions. Participants from numerous federal agencies and organizations shared experiences from their own efforts to incorporate ecosystem services and discussed ways to draw from these experiences to inform future resource management planning and decisions.
There was a general consensus on the need for guidance to make ecosystem services approaches to planning and management more routine and tractable for resource managers. NESP will be working with its partner organizations and agencies to design a work plan for developing such guidance by working through real examples with agency partners. NESP will be working with federal agencies to continue discussion at the upcoming Ecosystem Services Partnership Meeting on July 31-August 4 in Portland, Oregon, and again at the ACES/EM/ESP meeting on December 10-14 in Florida.
A meeting summary from the May policy forum is available by clicking here.