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2017 Natural Capital Symposium: Save the Date!

March 20-23, 2017 | Stanford, CA

Please join us for the 2017 Natural Capital Symposium at Stanford University from March 20-23, 2017. Featuring keynote speakers Carter Roberts, President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund, and Mark Tercek, President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, this event is a major convening of leaders advancing the science and practice of incorporating nature’s diverse values into decisions. Interactive sessions throughout the symposium will focus on five central themes: sustainable development planning, securing freshwater, fostering resilient coastal communities, developing sustainable cities, and creating standards for the private sector.

Last year’s symposium drew nearly 300 people from 32 countries, representing universities, NGOs, businesses, governments, and other institutions. We heard from over 100 presenters about advances in the science, the development of tools, and how natural capital understanding is being used to inform decisions around the world. We will share additional details about the 2017 event and open the call for abstracts in mid-June 2016. In the meantime, if you’d like to see more of what happened in 2016, please visit the 2016 event webpage. Please come join us – we love this event because it is a chance to exchange ideas, swap stories, advance science, and spend time with thought-leaders and practitioners accounting for nature’s contributions to society to make smarter decisions for a more sustainable future.

Education & Information Tools

National Ecosystem Services Partnership Webinar

February 23, 2017
3:30-5 p.m. ET
An Accounting Approach to Ecosystem Services for Public and Private Sector Decision Making in the U.S.

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The Climate Learning Network (CLN)

The Climate Learning Network (CLN) offers free eLearning modules and other online resources aimed at helping Extension professionals in natural resources and agriculture add climate science to existing Extension programming. The eLearning modules focus on practical ways to communicate climate science fundamentals and climate mitigation and adaptation methods to agriculture and natural resource land managers, landowners, and the public. Select modules can be taken for continuing education credits from the Society of American Foresters (SAF) and/or Certified Crop Advisors (CCA).

Webinar Portal for Conservation of Natural Resources

Through this webinar portal you can stay up-to-date with the latest research and industry practices in forestry, conservation, bioenergy, climate change and natural resources.

These user friendly webinars provide the opportunity to accrue continuing education credits, from professional accrediting organizations such as Society of American Foresters, International Society of Arboriculture, The Wildlife Society, Certified Crop Advisors, and others. You can receive continuing education credits for select live and on-demand webinars, which makes refreshing your knowledge on natural resource topics from your desktop fast, economical, and easy.  -or-
Southern Regional Extension Forestry

Formed to serve the Southern Land-grant University Extension community, the office of Southern Regional Extension Forestry offers a variety of free online and in-person resources intended for use by natural resource Extension professionals to enhance their educational programming and improve their own knowledge and skills. Materials include websites, eLearning modules, fact sheets, webinars, and mobile applications.

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The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is a federal-state-county partnership dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences, and enhancing and sustaining the quality of human life by making that information accessible. While extending into every community of the state, UF/IFAS has developed a national and international reputation for its accomplishments in teaching, research and Extension.


OCI stands for the Office of Conferences & Institutes. It is a full service conference planning agency at the University of Florida. OCI was created to support the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) mission to develop knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and to make that knowledge available to people to sustain and enhance the quality of life.

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