For more than 40 years, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) has been used to identify, list, and protect at-risk species with the goal of preventing extinction. Work at RFF examines key challenges for the ESA today and assesses options to improve its implementation.
Working Paper — Apr 18, 2019
What is a Fish Out of Water? The Economics Behind the Joint Management of Water Resources and Aquatic Species in the United States
This paper reviews the economics literature on management problems involving linked water resources and aquatic species.
Journal Article — Mar 6, 2019
Optimal Investment to Enable Evolutionary Rescue
Even with eventual rescue, evolutionary time lags can cause the population size to temporarily fall below a threshold susceptible to extinction.
Working Paper — Mar 7, 2017
Private Sector Conservation Investments under the Endangered Species Act: A Guide to Return on Investment Analysis
A range of programs under the US Endangered Species Act (ESA) aims to increase management flexibility and encourage voluntary conservation. This paper uses a return on investment framework to examine business’ incentives to participate in such programs.
Workshops & Seminars — Sep 25, 2018
Exploring the Future of the Endangered Species Act
This event explored what the future of the Endangered Species Act means for our environment and economy.
Workshops & Seminars — Dec 4, 2013
Species Conservation under the Endangered Species Act: Science, Partnerships, and Effectiveness
Panelists will draw on examples of success and new strategies to suggest paths for increasing the effectiveness of ESA implementation going forward.