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EPA-USDA National Workshop on Water Quality Markets

What: USDA and EPA are cosponsoring a National Workshop on Water Quality Markets. The Workshop will highlight recent progress in water quality trading across the country with an emphasis on policy, resources, and tool development. The Workshop will provide EPA and USDA with an opportunity to lay out their vision for the role of water quality markets in advancing conservation and water quality goals, and provide you with the tools to engage in water quality markets.

The Workshop will feature:

• Regional water quality trading forums
• Conservation finance opportunities
• Stormwater trading
• Payments for watershed services programs and other related environmental markets
• Recent developments in Economics, Science & Technology
• And much more

When & Where: The Workshop is scheduled for September 15-17, 2015 and will be hosted by the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska.
Who Should Attend: Agriculture and water resource professionals; including Federal, State and Local government representatives, NGOs, and agricultural, business and environmental stakeholders interested in water quality and environmental markets.
Website & Registration: http://www.conservationfund.org/resources/courses-and-events/1036-epa-usda-national-workshop-on-water-quality-markets

Please direct all workshop questions and requests for additional information to OEM@oce.usda.gov




The U.S. and Canadian Societies for Ecological Economics are hosting CANUSSEE 2015, a joint biennial meeting from October 1-4, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Prominent conference themes include ecosystem services and natural capital, sustainable socioeconomic and natural systems, natural resource management, and scale and equity issues in economics. For more information, visit: www.canussee2015.org.


8th ESP World Conference

One of the ACES long-time partnering organizations, the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP), will be hosting their 8th World Conference in Stellenbosch, South Africa, on November 9-13, 2015. In addition to many sessions organized by the ESP working groups on a wide range of topics, the conference will focus on the use of ecosystem services “for Nature, People and Prosperity”, including the role in Conservation, Livelihoods and Business. The conference will be held at Spier Conference Centre & Wine Farm near Cape Town.

www.espconference.org | Printable Conference Flyer | www.es-partnership.org


ACES 2014 Recap

In December of 2014, ACES convened its fourth conference on ecosystem services, focusing on linking science, practice, and decision-making. In partnership with Ecosystem Markets and the Ecosystem Services Partnership, the ACES 2014 conference attracted more than 600 participants to Washington, DC, from many government, private, NGO, and academic organizations and more than 30 countries and Native American communities.

The conference was kicked off by U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell and USGS Acting Director Suzette Kimball, and led immediately into the rollout of the President’s Climate Data Initiative by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell—that was just the first day!

As with previous ACES conferences, there were several science topic tracks that went throughout the agenda, which can be viewed in detail here. ACES 2014 provided the perfect backdrop for exploring the role ecosystem services could play with government and public policy, situated as it was in the shadow of the Nation’s Capital.

Engagement outside the traditional science community was also stressed at ACES 2014. Indigenous knowledge and Traditional Ecological Knowledge were key themes discussed throughout the conference, as was citizen science and crowd-sourcing tools. Then, conference attendees were challenged to step back and examine how they approached ecosystem services altogether. Global perspectives were brought to bear, and speakers challenged the community to seek more international collaboration, particularly with native and indigenous peoples around the world.

ACES 2014 closed with a synthesis on Friday morning that recapped all of the themes discussed the previous days, as well as looked ahead to future goals for the ecosystem services community.


New Guidebook Released at ACES 2014!

A new online guidebook on ecosystem services and natural resource management was unveiled at the ACES Conference in December 2014 by the National Ecosystem Services Partnership (NESP). The guidebook describes how an ecosystem services approach to planning and management can be useful for federal resource managers and provides an ecosystem services assessment framework designed to promote consistent and credible application.


ACES Conference Overview

ACES: A Community on Ecosystem Services represents a dynamic and growing assembly of professionals, researchers, and policy makers involved with ecosystem services. The ACES 2014 Conference brings together this community in partnership with Ecosystem Markets and the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP), providing an open forum to share experiences, methods, and tools, for assessing and incorporating ecosystem services into public and private decisions.

The focus of the conference is to link science, practice, and sustainable decision making by bringing together the ecosystem services community from around the United States and the globe. ACES 2014 will bring together leaders in government, NGOs, academia, Native American communities, and the private sector to advance the use of ecosystem services science and practice in conservation, restoration, resource management, and development decisions.

We hope you will make plans to join more than 500 ecosystem service stakeholders in this collaborative discussion to advance use of an ecosystem services framework for natural resource management and policy.

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