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Applications and Potential of Ecosystem Services Valuation within USDA – Advancing the Science

A USDA sponsored workshop in Washington DC April 23-24, 2019

NEW! Submission Deadline

The deadline for abstract submission is now MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19 12:00 pm Eastern time.

The goal of the workshop is to provide decision makers, researchers, and other stakeholders with an understanding of how innovative methods in economics, advances in theory, and access to new and existing data can be used to improve the valuation of ecosystem services associated with USDA programs and policies.

Event Information

When: April 23 and 24, 2019

Where: 355 E St SW, Washington DC

Despite several decades of work and the development of a well-established literature, significant gaps remain. These knowledge gaps limit the ability of USDA to measure the value of ecosystem services delivered by its programs and policies. The workshop will explore new methods, data, and approaches to valuing ecosystem services and applying the results to Federal programs and policies.

To learn more about the workshop please see the one page Ecosystem Services Valuation workshop summary, or the ESV Workshop agenda.

The ESV workshop will feature about 20 presentations, with a mix of invited papers and submitted papers. Review the current Ecosystem Services Valuation schedule.

Submitting a Paper?

Are you interested in attending?

  • We will start accepting registrations in January 2019
  • Registration is free! Coffee and box lunches will be provided
  • We encourage USDA and other government policy makers and analysts to attend

A stipend (that should cover travel and lodging expenses up to $1,500) will be granted to each paper's main presenter. Conference organizers will work with presenters who are Federal employees to support travel to this workshop within their Agencies.

If you are thinking about submitting, please read the call to action for the USDA 2019 ESV workshop. When you are ready to write up your abstract, please follow the submission guidelines for the USDA Ecosystem Service Valuation Workshop. You may also find it helpful to read the ESV Workshop FAQs.

We are planning on publishing workshop papers in proceedings, or in a special issue of a journal (the details will be announced later).

Sponsors

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Economic Research Service

The mission of USDA's Economic Research Service is to anticipate trends and emerging issues in agriculture, food, the environment, and rural America and to conduct high-quality, objective economic research to inform and enhance public and private decision making.

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United States Forest Service

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National Institute of Food and Agriculture

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) provides leadership and funding for programs that advance agriculture-related sciences. We invest in and support initiatives that ensure the long-term viability of agriculture. NIFA applies an integrated approach to ensure that groundbreaking discoveries in agriculture-related sciences and technologies reach the people who can put them into practice.

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AAEA Land, Water and Environmental Economics Section (ENV)

The ENV section provides a place for all AAEA members who are interested in issues related to natural resources and the environment to network, build research collaborations, and foster the use of sound economic information in public and private decision making.

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Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association

NAREA is a professional association of agricultural and resource economists founded in 1981 that is affiliated with the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. The purpose of NAREA is to stimulate and promote education and research on economic and social problems related to the production, marketing and consumption of agricultural products; natural resource use; the environment, and rural economic development; and the interrelation of the agricultural and rural sectors with the rest of the economy. The association currently has over 200 members.

Questions or Comments?

Please contact Daniel Hellerstein at danielh@ers.usda.gov (202 694 5613)