The goal of the summit is advance ecosystem services science and practice in conservation, restoration, resource management, and development decisions. It is being organized by the University of Florida and sponsored by the U.S. EPA, U.S. Forest Service, American Forest Foundation, World Resources Institute, and others.
WRI experts will discuss ecosystems-for-water programs, coastal ecosystem evaluations in the Caribbean, and processes for incorporating ecosystem services into public and private decision making.
Ecosystem goods and services – like freshwater, fiber, food, flood control, water purification and waste treatment – provide important benefits to business and society. Improving how ecosystem services are incorporated into decision making impacts ecosystems and the quantity, quality and profitability of the benefits they provide.