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In the early 1950s, the then-new Resources for the Future convened the Mid-Century Conference, where more than 1,500 leaders could “exchange viewpoints on important resource issues that appear to be of continuing significance for at least the next generation.” While the priorities of the 21st century have evolved since then, “important resource issues” remain at the heart of RFF’s research agenda, including how to value and measure the benefits from nature and effectively manage forests, fisheries, water, agricultural resources, and even outer space in an interconnected world.
FEATURES
Managing Water through Innovative Collaboration
Resources magazine: RFF Visiting Scholar Lynn Scarlett explains how network governance can address cross-jurisdictional water management issues in the United States.
Using Transferable Development Rights to Control Land Use
RFF’s Margaret Walls describes the virtues, and the pitfalls, of market-based programs for land conservation and discusses the lessons learned from three decades of a Maryland program.
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PROJECTS
The Outdoor Resources Review Group
ORRG is a private bipartisan panel reviewing conservation, outdoor recreation and related issues in light of changes in the needs of the American public and the resources available to meet those needs.
The World's Forests
A research program led by RFF seeks to devise new ways to accurately gauge four critical attributes of global forests – area, timber volume, biomass, and carbon sequestration.
PUBLICATIONS
Book Review - Water policy reform: Lessons in sustainability from the Murray-Darling Basin
Yusuke Kuwayama
Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research | Vol. 5, No. 4 | pp. 273-274
 
A Historical Examination of The Corps of Engineers and Natural Valley Storage Protection: The Economics and Politics of “Green” Flood Control
C. Kousky
Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research | DOI: 10.1080/19390459.2014.963372
 
Biodiversity Conservation in Latin America and the Caribbean: Prioritizing Policies
Blackman, A., R. Epanchin-Niell, J. Siikamaki, and D. Velez-Lopez
Washington DC: Environment for Sustainability RFF Press | 2014
 
Designing Efficient Surveys: Spatial Arrangement of Sample Points for Detection of Invasive Species
Berec, L., J. Kean, Epanchin-Niell, R.S., R. Haight, and A. Liebhold.
Biological Invasions | July 2014
 
Floodplain Conservation as a Flood Mitigation Strategy: Examining Costs and Benefits
Kousky, C. and M. Walls
Ecological Economics | 104 | pp. 119-128 | Related Discussion Paper 13-22-REV
 
Independent and Cooperative Management of Invasive Species in Human-Mediated Landscapes.
Rebecca Epanchin-Niell and Jim Wilen
American Journal of Agricultural Economics | May 2014
 
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