S-C9 Measuring Natural Capital to Inform Policy and Management

This symposium will introduce Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) focusing on the UN Statistical Commission’s System of Environmental and Economic Accounts (SEEA) – Experimental Ecosystem Accounts (EEA). Presenters will show how the SEEA–EEA approach is being used to inform policy management and programmatic decisions. Case studies will draw from work addressing the food-energy-water nexus by the World Bank-Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WB-WAVES) partnership and Conservation International in Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe. The symposium will examine the use of various methodological approaches to quantify, map, and value ecosystem service stocks and flows and the development and application of decision-support tools designed to enhance the assessment, valuation, and communication of ecosystem services and their contribution to economies.

Moderator:

  • John Matuszak, Senior Policy Advisor, Bureau of Oceans international Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), U.S. Department of State

Speakers:

  • Sofia Ahlroth, Senior Environmental Economist, The World Bank Group
  • Ken Bagstad, Research Economist, Geosciences & Environmental Change Science Center, S. Geological Survey
  • Glenn-Marie Lange, Senior Economist with the World Bank and Chief Technical Advisor for the Global Partnership for Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES)
  • Rosimeiry Portela, Ecological Economist and Senior Director, Economics Team, Moore Center for Science and Oceans, Conservation International

John Matuszak provides leadership on environment and natural resource assessment and monitoring, as well as on the integration of environmental information with economic and social data for policy considerations. He is responsible for cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on the Science Policy Interface and represents the U.S. on the High Level Group advising on UNEP Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6). John is the State Department representative to the U.S. Group on Earth Observation. He advises the State Department and U.S. Agencies on Natural Capital Accounting (NCA), supporting State Department and interagency efforts on NCA and the UN System of Economic and Environmental Accounts. (202-647-9278; matuszakjm@state.gov)

Sofia Ahlroth is part of the secretariat for Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES), a global partnership dedicated to mainstreaming Natural Capital Accounting into development planning, and is working with developing countries to build capacity and develop policy-relevant natural capital accounts. Dr. Alroth manages the Policy and Technical Experts Committee, as well as WAVES’s interaction with private sector natural capital accounting. Previous to joining the World Bank, Sofia was head of the Environmental Economics unit at the Swedish EPA. (sahlroth@worldbank.org)

Ken Bagstad is a Senior Environmental Specialist seconded to the Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) program. He is developing and testing ecosystem services models to inform national accounts in Africa and Latin America. Since 2010, Dr. Bagstad has worked with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to account for nature’s value in decision-making by U.S. federal government agencies. He has partnered with other agencies on ecosystem service assessments at sites across the U.S. For the last eight years Ken has also served as a lead modeler for the Artificial Intelligence for Ecosystem Services (ARIES) program, and has led the comparative analysis of ecosystem services using multiple other assessment tools. (kbagstad@worldbank.org)

Glenn-Marie Lange led the World Bank’s new work to estimate Comprehensive Wealth Accounting, including natural capital, for 150+ countries from 1995 to 2014. Dr. Lange joined the World Bank in 2009, coming from the Earth Institute at Columbia University; from 1985 to 2004 she worked at the Institute for Economic Analysis at New York University. She is currently Chief Technical Advisor for the Global Partnership for Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES), which works in eight developing countries to mainstream natural capital accounting in development planning, based on the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA): the Philippines, Indonesia, Madagascar, Botswana, Rwanda, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Guatemala. (glange1@worldbank.org)

Rosimeiry Portela’s research focuses primarily on nature’s provision of ecosystem services and their contribution to the human economy and well-being. Her current research explores the integration of environmental-economic information into national accounting systems, as well as into business management and decision-making. She is co-Principal Investigator of Ecosystem Values and Accounting, a pilot research project on the implementation of experimental ecosystems accounting in Peru, and the lead of the Technical Group developing the Natural Capital Protocol, a framework for business to integrate natural capital information into business management and decision-making. (rportela@conservation.org)

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