A Community on Ecosystem Services (ACES) Conference 2018

3 - 7 December 2018

ERM is attending and presenting at the 2018 ACES conference, being held this year in Arlington, Virginia.

ACES: A Community on Ecosystem Services represents a dynamic and growing international assembly of professionals, researchers, and policy-makers involved with ecosystem services. The ACES 2018 Conference brings together this community in partnership with Ecosystem Markets and the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP), providing an open forum to share experiences, methods, and tools for assessing and incorporating ecosystem services into public and private decisions.

ACES 2018 will bring together international scientists, practitioners, managers, and policy-makers from government, academia, NGOs, and the private sector who are interested in natural systems and their relationship with human well-being.

Some of the specific themes that will be addressed in conference sessions include:

  • Ecosystem Services and the Private Sector: Finance, Investment and Corporate Sustainability
  • Environmental Markets and Ecosystem Services 
  • Examples of how Ecosystem Services are used to Inform Public and Private Decisions 
  • Federal, State, and Local Government Decision-making and Ecosystem Services 
  • Valuation of Ecosystem Services
  • Developing Natural Capital Accounts

Learn more about the conference

ERM at the Conference

ERM is showcasing our leadership roles in the Natural Capital Coalition and Social and Human Capital Coalition at the 2018 ACES Conference in Arlington, Virginia. Our subject matter experts will be, facilitating, moderating and speaking at various sessions during the conference.

Workshop: Natural Capital Protocol
Monday, December 3, 2018; 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Grand Ballroom Salon H

The Protocol provides a practical framework to inform internal decision-making, and provides organizations with the tools that they need in order to understand the ways in which their successful operations depend on nature, natural systems and the ecosystem services that flow from them. While the primary focus is business decision making, NGOs and government agencies are also finding the Protocol to be a valuable resource. This workshop will provide guidance and case studies about implementing the Protocol.

ERM Technical Director Dr. Doug MacNair will facilitate this session.

Town Hall Meeting: How do we Achieve an Integrated Approach to Valuation? 
Tuesday, December 4, 2018; 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

In order to truly understand how businesses impacts and depends on the economy, ecology and society,  there needs to be integrated approach to measurement and valuation of natural, human and social capital.  This Town Hall will provide a forum to discuss the current state of play, and the role of different stakeholder groups in advancing the integrated valuation approach.

Mike Wallace, BrownFlynn (an ERM company) will be a speaker at this session, moderated by Doug MacNair.

Closing Plenary Session: Synthesis Plenary of ACES 2018
Thursday, December 6, 2018; 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Location: Arlington Ballroom Salons 4-6

This panel session will provide an overview of what has been learned at the Conference and future steps for valuing ecosystem services and natural capital.

Dr. Doug MacNair will participate in this session.

ERM's Speakers

Dr. Doug MacNair, Technical Director at ERM, has over 20 years of experience in environmental economics and decision analytics. He specializes in helping corporations’ value natural resource and environmental services in their decision making using quantitative tools. He’s managed projects involving valuation of water resources, air quality, open spaces, residential properties, EHS risks, and environmental remediation programs. He also has extensive experience in econometrics, survey design and analysis, as well as facilitating both corporate and public focus groups/workshops.  

Mike Wallace, Partner at BrownFlynn (an ERM company), has worked in the environmental field for 25-years. His career started at ERM where he focused on environmental due diligence for large M&A projects. He is a Partner at BrownFlynn, an ERM Group company, who leads strategic partnership and projects, such as the current relationship with the WBCSD and the Social & Human Capital Coalition, where Mike serves as the Interim Executive Director. He is on the advisory council of the IIRC’s North American operations, and a strategic advisor to the Center for Safety & Health Sustainability. He also Chairs the WBCSD’s ESG Ratings & Rankings working group.


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