Please join SAFS this Thursday for a seminar with Dr. Katie Arkema, Senior Scientist at The Natural Capital Project, a partnership between Stanford University, University of Minnesota, World Wildlife Fund and The Nature Conservancy.
Just tell us what to do
Thursday, March 13, 2014
4:00-5:00 PM, social follows
UW School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, 102 Fishery Sciences
1122 NE Boat St, Seattle, Washington (map)
“Just tell us what to do” said a policy-maker seeking scientific advise on how to manage a protected area in Mozambique. Although a protected area, over 340 thousand people rely on its coastal and marine ecosystems to support thousands of artisanal fishers, protect communities from coastal hazards, and retain sediments from nearshore waters. In Africa and elsewhere, governments, multi-lateral investment banks and corporations are asking increasingly for these types of information about how nature benefits people. Recent advancements in our understanding of relationships between ecological processes, economics and human well-being are beginning to provide some of the answers. Yet, more empirical evidence is needed to test whether ecosystem service science delivers a useful framework and analytical approaches for informing conservation, resource management and development decisions. I will talk about several projects my colleagues and I at the Natural Capital Project are engaged in to tackle these issues, including marine spatial planning in Belize and natural defenses from coastal hazards in the United States. I will highlight opportunities for advancing the science and uptake of nature’s benefits to people in decision-making.
More information may be available on the 2014 Winter Seminars page.
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