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There’s an increasingly popular approach to funding land conservation called ecosystem services. Ecosystem services are what sustain human life including clean air and water, healthy soil, pollination of crops, maintenance of biodiversity, and much more. Efforts are underway to place a monetary value, however imperfect, on the services and introduce them into markets. There are policies to support these efforts and there are also challenges of translating all of it into plain language that “regular” people can understand. Ecosystem services are very complicated, not always agreed upon, often misunderstood, known to be essential, and hailed as the next big opportunity for conservation funding. Around the Bay Area and beyond there are a host of projects that are exploring this opportunity, pushing the boundaries, and learning a lot along the way.
Join us for our Fall Gathering where we'll convene a fishbowl conversation with experts on the subject to discuss:
- Why do people feel confused, frustrated, dismissive, and/or excited about ecosystem services?
- How is the concept being put into practice today?
- What does it mean for land conservation?
- And what’s next for ecosystem services in the Bay Area and beyond?
In conversation will be:
- Mary Ruckelshaus, Natural Capital Project, moderator
- Ann Hayden, Environmental Defense Fund, Central Valley Habitat Exchange
- Karen Gaffney, Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space Authority, Healthy Lands Healthy Economies
- Andrea Mackenzie, Santa Clara Open Space Authority, Healthy Lands Healthy Economies
- Daniel Mountjoy, Sustainable Conservation
- Tim Ramirez, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Our Fall Gathering will be held on September 25 from 10am-1pm at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in Palo Alto. The program is from 10am-12pm and lunch will be served at 12pm. Register early – seats are limited.
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Bay Area Open Space Council
The Bay Area Open Space Council is a collaborative of member organizations actively involved in permanently protecting and stewarding important parks, trails and agricultural lands in the ten-county San Francisco Bay Area.