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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! Workshop is Concluded. Thanks to participants and sponsors.

Workshop Proceedings will be available in mid-June.

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 workshop purpose, or the ESV Workshop 50-word paper abstracts.

The ESV workshop featured 20 selected presentations and two invited lunchtime speakers – Dr. Kathleen Segerson (University of Connecticut) and Dr. Roger von Haefen (North Carolina State University). A final session concluded with perspectives on advances in ecosystem services valuation for USDA needs and suggestions for new policy and research approaches.

  • Preview papers are now available at NAREA.
  • Powerpoint presentations are now available NAREA.
  • Proceedings will be available for download in mid-June from NAREA.

The workshop presented new methods and applications of ecosystem services valuation. Sessions were organized to provoke discussion and stimulate new ideas and collaborations. To see the range of topics covered by the workshop, see the current schedule. For more details on the selected presentations, see the one-page abstracts.

To visit the Workshop's permanent file repository with papers, presentations, and conference proceedings, please visit the site hosted by workshop co-sponsor Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association.

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

We are a multi-faceted agency that manages and protects 154 national forests and 20 grasslands in 43 states and Puerto Rico. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.

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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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Office of the Chief Economist

OCE supports USDA policy decision making by analyzing the economic implications of policies and programs affecting the U.S. food and fiber system and rural areas. It also houses The Office of Energy and Environmental Policy (OEEP), which serves as a focal point for the Department’s energy, environmental markets, and climate change activities, positioning USDA and the people we serve to meet future challenges and opportunities.

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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.

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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.

Questions or Comments?

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

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