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 will bring together this community in partnership with Ecosystem Markets and the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP), to provide an open forum to share experiences and state-of-the-art methods, tools, and processes 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. To facilitate discussion, a variety of presentation methods including, organized sessions, oral and poster presentations, and hands-on workshops will be incorporated into the conference structure. Topics and themes from previous ecosystem service community events will be integrated to provide a comprehensive conference on ecosystem services.

We hope you will make plans to join the more than 500 anticipated participants so that you may take part in this collaborative discussion and to advance use of an ecosystem services framework for natural resource management and policy. For more information on how you can participate as a presenter, please visit Presentation Opportunities in the navigation bar.

Who Should Attend

ACES 2014 will bring together scientists, practitioners, managers and policy makers from government, academia, NGO’s, and the private sector. Participants will include individuals with interests in resource management, restoration, institutions and policy, government, business, conservation, and urban and non-urban development and will have expertise in areas such as:

  • Biophysical sciences
  • Socioeconomic sciences
  • Public environmental policy
  • Markets and finance
  • Resource and ecosystem management
  • Sustainability and resilience
  • Economic Development
  • Policy, institutions, and law
  • Urban and regional planning
  • Geography
  • Model and tool development

WRI is serving on the planning committee and will be well represented through presentations and content development.