The Federal Resource Management and Ecosystem Services (FRMES) project brings together federal agencies and outside expertise to share ideas and build a consistent approach to integrating ecosystem services into federal resource management and planning processes.
The Federal Resource Management and Ecosystem Services (FRMES) project created an online guidebook (nespguidebook.com) describing what ecosystem services are and why their identification and valuation can be useful to federal resource managers and planners. The guidebook provides a framework and methodology for ensuring consistent and credible application of the ecosystem services concept to planning and management efforts. It describes how federal agencies are exploring or applying an ecosystem services framework along and details some specific agency applications.
Laying the groundwork for the guidebook are two papers that explain how the Federal Land Management and Policy Act of 1976 and the National Environmental Policy Act enable or limit agencies’ incorporation of ecosystem services approaches into federal planning and management processes. Following the release of the guidebook, a new report provides recommendations on best practices for ecosystem services assessments in federal decision making. It is designed to help ensure nature's benefits to people are fully considered.
NESP is currently exploring opportunities to expand the audiences for the guidebook and to deepen engagement with federal agencies through exploratory projects and training. The technical working groups that supported guidebook development are currently identifying capabilities and gaps in existing data and modeling capacity to conduct nationwide ecosystem services assessments (paper coming soon).
Possible areas for future work may include:
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