Integrating Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services into Sustainable Global Climate Mitigation Scenarios

How can future human demand for food, fiber, energy, and water be efficiently met while minimizing negative impacts to the earth? Answering this question is key to developing scenarios that will inform natural resource management and planning, particularly those that jointly consider the effects of new policies on social and environmental systems. Understanding and accounting for potential changes to biodiversity, ecosystems, and the physical system is essential for effective, joint mitigation efforts.

SESYNC hosts third theme identification meeting

Last week SESYNC convened a multi-disciplinary group of 15 experts including decision makers, NGO leaders, and accomplished social and natural scientists to discuss priorities and questions to be addressed by the Center. This roundtable discussion was one of a number of efforts focused on helping SESYNC understand what the community feels are the most important Themes and critical socio-environmental problems that we should address over the next 2 years.

Monitoring the Direct Links Between Ecosystems & People

Well-designed monitoring systems are essential if we are to better understand and track changes in the connections between people and the environment. Current monitoring systems fail to do this adequately. This Pursuit focuses on advancing ecosystem services monitoring to better reflect vital connections at several levels. The project will utilize household surveys and censuses, in-situ observations, and national indicators as data sources.

How Will Business Speak Biodiversity? Novel & Adaptive Uses for Ecosystem Services Data

The increasing movement of corporations towards social and ecological responsibility suggests that the business world may lead a profound change in how we view our dependence upon natural capital: Corporations are increasingly focused on ecosystem services issues; demand for broader corporate impact measurement and disclosure related to ecosystem services parameters is growing; and several new initiatives have launched to further understanding of corporate impacts on ecosystem services.

An in-depth interview on Palmer's visit to North Korea

Cold, very isolated, and ecologically desolate are the descriptors Margaret Palmer uses when talking about her March 7 – 13 trip to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea).  Palmer, SESYNC’s Executive Director, was one of fourteen international scholars that traveled as a team to North Korea to consider ecological restoration options for the barren lands of this impoverished country.  Jessica Marx, an Environmental Science Research Assistant at SESYNC, recently interviewed Palmer about the trip:

University of MD and State of Maryland Chinese Initiative


As part of the Maryland China Initiative, a  SESYNC hosted a delegation of 18 officials from different Provincial Environmental Protection Departments.These delegates are visiting for a two-week program on environmental management and visited SESYNC to learn about how we operate and how we developing programs to create actionable science.


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