Program Themes

ACES 2016 will offer discussion on state-of-the-art methods and experiences relating to Ecosystem Services: Implementation Advances and Challenges.

Specific themes to be addressed in conference sessions include but are not limited to the following:

Methods for

  • Valuation (Economic and Non-Economic)
  • Quantification, Modeling, and Mapping
  • Stakeholder Engagement

Science and practice of

  • Urban Ecosystems and Services
  • Ecosystem Services and Human Health
  • Ecosystem Services, Wildlife, and Biodiversity
  • Ecosystem Service Production and Flows
  • Linking Ecosystem Services to Resilience and Climate Adaptation
  • Sustainability and Ecosystem Services
  • Ecosystem Services and Energy
  • Ecosystem Services and Agriculture
  • Cultural Values and Traditional Ecological Knowledge
  • Institutions, Incentives, and Legal Frameworks (Political Science and Law)
  • Adaptive Decision Making in the Face of Uncertainty

Implementation, practice, and policy

  • International (IPBES, WAVES, OpenNESS, etc.)
  • Business
  • Markets
  • Finance
  • Government (National, State/Province, City, Municipality)
  • Public-Private Partnerships and Inter-Agency Coordination
  • Education and Communication
  • Implementation Advances and Challenges

We encourage the inclusion of individuals from different sectors – including government, non-government, private, and academic.

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Important Deadlines

March 9, 2016
Field Tour Proposals Due

March 31, 2016
Session Proposals Due

November 1, 2016
Hotel Reservation Deadline

November 7, 2016
Sponsorship in Print Deadline




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