In the decades since Congress and state legislatures passed most of our biggest environmental laws, our knowledge about ecosystems has increased dramatically. We know much more about the “goods and services” that ecosystems provide—more about the migratory species that sustain agriculture by functioning as pollinators, or about how healthy ecosystems help to filter and clean our water. Today, our policy makers haven’t yet taken advantage of much of that new knowledge. As ecologists learn more about the complex and dynamic interactions that produce these valuable services, decision-makers and advocates should adopt an ecosystem services approach to implementing laws that affect the environment.
With generous support from the Bullitt Foundation, CPR is helping to define the ecosystem services approach to implementing laws that affect the environment. It marks the beginning of a long-term discussion on how to adapt environmental, natural resources, and other laws to our dependence on functioning, dynamic ecosystems.
Ecosystem Services Webinar. In April 2013, CPR hosted a webinar to discuss the publication and its key points. Presenters included CPR Member Scholars Robert W. Adler, Robert L. Glicksman, Daniel J. Rohlf, and Robert R.M. Verchick.
“Integrating law, policy, and science in managing and restoring ecosystems,” in The Laws of Nature: Reflections on the Evolution of Ecosystem Management Law and Policy (University of Akron Press, Kalyani Robbins ed., (forthcoming 2012)