Ecosystem Services and Federal Policy Guidance

This week the White House issued guidance for Federal agencies to develop and implement policies that promote consideration of ecosystem services and natural (green) infrastructure into their planning and decision-making. Ecosystem services, the benefits that ecosystems provide to humans and the environment, are critical for human well-being. Data and information on ecosystem services for the contiguous United States can be found in EnviroAtlas, the Ecosystem Services Hub of EcoINFORMA. For focused examples on increasing coastal resilience by incorporating coastal green infrastructure and ecosystem services see the report Ecosystem-Service Assessment: Research Needs for Coastal Green Infrastructure released by the White House in August 2015.

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