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Ecosystem Service Valuation for Wetland Restoration: What it is, How to do it and Best Practice Recommendations
Presenter: Marla Stelk, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers
Webinar Focus: A considerable amount of interest has been building over the years in regard to the potential of “ecosystem service valuation.” However, few natural resource managers understand what it is or how to use it. Some wetland types produce commercial products such as shellfish and lumber, however many wetland benefits are not bought or sold on the market. Because there is no existing market for those benefits, their contributions to human well-being and environmental health have not been historically accounted for in the market system. Since many policy and land use decisions are based on monetary benefit-cost analysis, the value of wetland benefits (as non-commodities) has been historically absent from policy and development discussions and as a result, wetlands were significantly degraded and destroyed. The destruction of so many wetlands has resulted in losses in wildlife populations, water quality, flood storage and a host of other benefits valued by society. The loss of those benefits has had environmental, social and economic consequences. Documenting wetland ecosystem benefits up front through ecosystem service valuation methods provides decision makers with the ability to factor a more comprehensive estimate of the value of wetlands into benefit-cost analyses and may ultimately lead to greater emphasis on actions that restore and protect wetlands.
This webinar will provide information regarding what ecosystem service valuation is, what economic methods can be used to develop monetary and non-monetary estimates for wetland benefits, examples of use, and best practice recommendations.
Marla Stelk is a Policy Analyst at ASWM and has been involved in climate change and sustainability issues since 1993. Marla has been managing ASWM efforts to research and write about best practices for wetland restoration and recently established a work group of experts to explore how to improve wetland restoration success. Marla moderates webinars for the Wetland Mapping Consortium and the Natural Floodplain Functions Alliance and coordinates their activities. She also leads ASWM’s communications team and writes a monthly blog titled, For Peat’s Sake! She received her B.A. in Environmental Issues from Colorado College and her M.A. in Community Planning & Development from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
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