Discussion Paper

Ecosystem Services: Quantification, Policy Applications, and Current Federal Capabilities

Mar 24, 2011 | P. Lynn Scarlett, James W. Boyd


The study describes existing federal policies that permit or promote ecosystem services analysis, management, investments, and markets. Our survey discusses: 1) current programs that stimulate or support the measurement of ecosystem services; 2) existing federal drivers of ecosystem services analysis; and 3) programs that stimulate investment in ecosystem services. Understanding existing capacity is important to federal and other leaders who see opportunities for environmental policy innovations—such as payments, markets, and management practices—based on ecological wealth and services.