Planning a Project Using an Ecosystem Services Framework Training

Event Description

This workshop is led by trainers from NOAA's Office for Coastal Management

What are ecosystem services? Ecosystem services represent the human benefits that healthy ecosystems provide, including water purification, flood protection, and recreational opportunities. To better understand these services, coastal managers need a framework that integrates four elements: biophysical science, human benefits, stakeholder engagement, and communications.

Course Description
The coastal management community is under increasing pressure to incorporate ecosystem services information into management decisions, yet many are unsure where to begin. This training will provide a thorough grounding and practical skills for applying the ecosystem services framework to a project you are currently working on or plan to work on in the future. Time in class is provided to learn about the framework elements (biophysical science, human benefits, communication, stakeholder engagement) and associated terminology, and to begin the scoping process using a worksheet to help think through key considerations. The training consists of two parts: 

  • Part 1: 1-2 hours thinking about a project, reading background material, and completing a checklist
  • Part 2: 1-day in-person training on May 12 in Beaufort

You will learn how to:

  • Identify the four elements of the ecosystem services framework and describe how they are connected to each other in a project;
  • Describe how biophysical changes relate to changes in human benefits;
  • Formulate possible solutions so that ecosystem services projects meet identified needs; and
  • Demonstrate how the ecosystem services framework applies to a project using the worksheet as a tool.

Continuing Education Credits:

  • AICP will receive 5.5 CMs (pending approval)
  • Certified Floodplain Managers will receive 5 continuing education credits 
  • NC Landscape Architects will receive 5.5 continuing education credits (pending approval)

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