RFF’s Center for the Management of Ecological Wealth (CMEW) helps public, private, and nonprofit leaders and decisionmakers develop innovative and cost-effective environmental management solutions that account for the benefits of natural systems. CMEW experts foster coordinated economic, ecological, and policy analysis to identify and help resource managers design innovative conservation policies, use natural systems to benefit businesses and communities, and improve on-the-ground natural resource management.
CMEW’s research portfolio covers a variety of issues related to the benefits and economic values of ecological goods, services, and systems, such as:
- providing ecosystem services and management;
- assessing how behavioral science can shed light on environmental decisions;
- analyzing ways to better manage water quality and quantity;
- improving programs for managing fisheries and fishing;
- evaluating methods for combatting invasive species and protecting endangered species;
- addressing global deforestation and forest conservation issues; and
- considering humanity’s limits to natural resource ingenuity.
James W. Boyd , RFF Senior Fellow
What is ecological wealth?
The goods and services provided by nature shape our world—forests store carbon, reduce runoff, and clean the air; rivers and streams provide water for drinking, industry, and irrigation; and wetlands and estuaries catch and purify stormwater and serve as buffers against storms and floods. Yet these contributions are often ignored when weighing costs and benefits, planning for the future, and making investment decisions. Watch the video.
CMEW’s strategic initiatives offer opportunities to enrich RFF’s research, collaboration, and outreach on important topics.
- Using Natural Infrastructure to Build Resilience to Climate Change
- Conservation ROI: Maximizing Returns on Environmental Conservation Investments
CMEW thanks the following supporters for their generous contributions during 2015:
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Elaine J. Dorward-King
- Electric Power Research Institute
- Ann Fisher
- Linden Trust for Conservation
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- National Council for Air and Stream Improvement
- National Science Foundation
- The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
- Mark A. Pisano
- Robert P. Rotella Foundation
- US Endowment for Forestry and Communities
- US Environmental Protection Agency
- US Geological Survey
- Walton Family Foundation