Ecosystem Services: From Concept to Policy

Friday, May 19, 2017 -
09:00 am to 06:30 pm
Friday, May 19, 2017 -
09:00 to 18:30

How can policy decision-making at the national and international levels make better use of our scientific understanding of the services provided to human societies by nature (ecosystem services)? Through a variety of formats, aimed at both theory and practice, our symposium will promote discussions of the advantages and disadvantages of placing monetary value on biodiversity and developing and applying the associated valuation tools. Furthermore, we aim to spark conversation around the topic of what constitutes an ecosystem service. Speakers will review the rationale behind ecosystem services valuation and its recent history, explore the benefits and limitations of the approach using domestic and international case studies, and showcase examples of tools currently used for identifying and valuing ecosystem services. We draw on the practical experiences of people working across sectors: government, NGO, and academia.

Please join us for this event hosted by the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) and organized by the Biodiversity Affinity Group with assistance from the Big Data and Social Science Affinity Groups.

8:30 – 9:00 amCheck-In (coffee and tea available)
9:00 – 9:15 amIntroductory Remarks
9:15 – 10:00 amOpening Keynote: “Why Ecosystem Services?”
Lydia Olander, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
10:00 – 10:30 amBreak
10:30am – 12:00 pmPanel 1: Critical Issues and Challenges
Theme: Transboundary Cooperation, Governance, and International Policy
David Inouye, Professor Emeritus of Biology, University of Maryland, College Park
Daniel Juhn, Conservation International
Rosimeiry Portela, Conservation International
Autumn-Lynn Harrison, Smithsonian
Michelle Gadd, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services
Moderator: Urvashi Narain, World Bank
12:00 – 1:30 pmWorking Lunch (lunch provided)
1:30 – 2:45 pmPanel 2: Tools and Implementation
Theme: Methods of Ecosystem Services Valuation
Ken Bagstad, U.S. Geological Survey
Gena Gammie, Forest Trends
R. David Simpson
Moderator: Kate Brauman, University of Minnesota
2:45 – 3:15 pmBreak
3:15 – 4:30 pmPanel 3: Implementing Ecosystem Services in Decision-Making
Theme: Case Studies
Dianna Hogan, U.S. Geological Survey
Chris Moore
Aparna Sridhar, The Nature Conservancy
Moderator: Erica Goldman, COMPASS
4:30 – 5:00 pmClosing Keynote: “The Way Forward”
Frank Casey, U.S. Geological Survey
5:00 – 5:15 pmFinal Wrap-up
5:15 – 6:30 pmReception (light hors d'oeuvres and beverages)
American Association for the Advancement of Science