Ecosystem services is the term applied to the life-sustaining benefits that nature provides, such as waste decomposition, clean water, and flood control. Knowledge of the ecosystem services available at a contaminated site is necessary in order to identify and adopt measures to reduce impacts on those services during remediation activities. To understand and quantify these ecosystem services, there is a need to identify tools and develop methodologies for characterizing their value to inform site decisions during remedy design and implementation.
For general information contact Carlos Pachon
by telephone at 703-603-9904
The InVEST (Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs) program, developed by the Natural Capital Project, is a set of tools designed to model and map the delivery, distribution, and economic value of distinct ecosystem services. EPA will host an interactive Internet Seminar to: (1) present a brief background on ecosystem services; (2) discuss a case study of the InVEST tools at the Iron Mountain Mine Superfund Site; and (3) offer insights, lessons learned, and general considerations about ecosystem service evaluation at remediation sites. An open forum will be held after the presentation during which participants will be able to submit questions and feedback to the speakers.
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Archives of past CLU-IN internet seminars are available in the CLU-IN Studio at http://clu-in.org/studio/. You will be able to view the slide and hear an audio stream of the presentation as it occurred.
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