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CMEW Projects

Building Resilience to Climate Change through Green Infrastructure

Building Resilience to Climate Change through Green Infrastructure

CMEW researchers are analyzing localized climate vulnerabilities and ways to use natural environments to reduce risks and increase resilience to climate change. Recent and ongoing research examines how development and land use decisions impact inland flood vulnerability and coastal storm surge and inundation risks, and how strategic investments in nature can mitigate damages.

Blue Carbon: Protecting Coastal Environments to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Blue Carbon: Protecting Coastal Environments to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Work by RFF researchers and colleagues shows how preventing the release of “blue carbon” stored in mangroves, sea grasses, and salt marshes may be an effective way to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air.

Catalysts for Conservation: Exploring Behavioral Services Project

Catalysts for Conservation: Exploring Behavioral Science Insights for Natural Resource Investments

RFF researchers review how insights from social and behavioral science research disciplines pertain to environmental attitudes and behaviors. They examine the environmental behaviors of individuals, businesses, communities, and society as a whole, specifically related to the conservation of natural resources.

Conservation ROI: Maximizing Returns on Environmental Conservation Investments

Conservation ROI: Maximizing Returns on Environmental Conservation Investments

How can conservation organizations get the biggest "bang for their buck?” Researchers at RFF are working on methods to measure the return on investment from water, biodiversity, and other conservation projects, helping organizations in the public and private sectors focus on projects that generate the best and most cost-effective outcomes.

The Florida Ranchlands Environmental Services Project

The Florida Ranchlands Environmental Services Project

RFF Resident Scholar Leonard Shabman and Sarah Lynch from the World Wildlife Fund spent eight years developing and co-directing the Florida Ranchlands Environmental Services Project (FRESP). FRESP laid the foundation for the South Florida Water Management District Northern Everglades Payment for Environmental Services Program, which pays cattle ranchers to hold back storm water and reduce nutrient runoff into Lake Okeechobee.