Nature generates endless goods and services that benefit humankind, such air and water purification, coastal storm and flood protection, and space for outdoor recreation. RFF experts synthesize economic, ecological, and policy analysis to develop innovative and cost-effective environmental management solutions that account for the benefits of natural systems.
Journal Article — May 14, 2019
Does Ecosystem Valuation Contribute to Ecosystem Decision Making?: Evidence from Hydropower Licensing
A look at FERC's use of ecosystem valuation methods for licensing the operation of existing nonfederal hydropower dams.
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 — Feb 13, 2019
Defining the Economic Scope for Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management
Network analysis shows changes in Alaska’s marine fisheries following the implementation of catch share programs beyond the targeted catch-share fishery, spotlighting the risk of unintended spillover effects in implementing fisheries policies.
Workshops & Seminars — Sep 9, 2015
Reforming Today’s Conservation and Environmental Policies for Tomorrow’s Scarcity (and Abundance)
This seminar featured the release of a new report from the Breakthrough Institute, Nature Unbound: Decoupling for Conservation, and discussed several of its key themes: how humans destroy nature, how they save nature, and what this implies for conservation.
Workshops & Seminars — May 27, 2015
Creative Conservation: How Humanity Innovates to Protect Nature
During this RFF seminar, Ruth DeFries, the Denning Family Chair in Sustainable Development in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology at Columbia University and a 2007 recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship “genius grant” award, discussed key themes in her new book, The Big Ratchet: How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis.
Workshops & Seminars — Oct 2, 2013
The Future of US Water Supplies
RFF's Center for the Management of Ecological Wealth hosted a dialogue that discussed findings from a collaborative study released by the American Meteorological Society and explored the potential for economic mechanisms (water pricing, trading, and ecosystem service valuation, for example) to help reduce future gaps between supply and demand.
Press Release — May 28, 2019
New Episode of Resources Radio on Biodiversity, Food Security, and Sustainability
Sue Lieberman discusses habitat loss, species extinction, and other threats to biodiversity in this episode of Resources Radio.
Press Release — May 7, 2019
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Discusses Carbon Fee, Ocean Pollution on Resources Radio
Press Release — Apr 30, 2019