ACES: A Community on Ecosystem Services represents a dynamic and growing assembly of professionals, researchers, and policy-makers involved with ecosystem services. The ACES 2016 Conference brings together this community in partnership with Ecosystem Markets and the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP), providing an open forum to share experiences, methods, and tools for assessing and incorporating ecosystem services into public and private decisions.

Session 20: Water Ecosystem Services

When: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 | 10:00am-11:45am
Where: Grand Ballroom 6
Description: Key findings from the new report Protecting Drinking Water at the Source: Lessons from Watershed Investment Programs in the United States
Speaker: Todd Gartner

Session 25: Forest Resilience Bond – Financing Fire Management for Water Benefits through Conservation Finance Approaches

When: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 | 1:15pm-3:00pm
Where: Grand Ballroom 1
Description: What if the Forest Service and other land managers could access capital from the private sector to accelerate the pace of forest restoration? This panel will focus on a new financial instrument under development, called the Forest Resilience Bond (“FRB”), which enables private capital to invest in natural resources by placing a value on ecosystem services (such as reduced wildfire risk and augmented water quality and quantity).
Panelists: Todd Gartner, Nick Wobbrock, Ricardo Bayon, Tommie Herbert, Adam Carpenter

Poster Session: Global Forest Watch Water: Explore the connections between forest and water

When: Thursday, December 8th | 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Grand Ballroom 5
Description: GFW Water enables anyone with internet access to visualize critical watershed information, identify threats to watershed health, and screen for sustainable natural infrastructure solutions.
Presenter: Yiyuan Jasmine Qin

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