The Federal Resource Management and Ecosystem Services Guidebook provides a consistent approach for federal resource managers to account for benefits provided by nature in management decisions.
The guidebook includes:
- A description of the project, its contributors, and its audience and purpose;
- A high-level overview of ecosystem services, why they may be a constructive framework for natural resource decisions, and potential challenges to this framework’s adoption;
- Two papers that explain how the Federal Land Management and Policy Act of 1976 and the National Environmental Policy Act enable or limit agencies’ incorporation of ecosystem services approaches into federal research management and planning, overviews of the context in which five agencies are incorporating consideration of ecosystem services into resource management, and 13 descriptions of explorations or applications of an ecosystem services concept in natural resources management; and
- A decision framework for incorporating consideration of ecosystem services into natural resources management.
The guidebook was produced in part with support from the SESYNC Pursuit "Incorporating Values & Assessing Social & Environmental Trade-Offs in Managing for Ecosystem Services."