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In April 2016, in response to the White House Memorandum M-16-01, Incorporating Ecosystem Services into Federal Decision Making (Memorandum), The Department of the Interior (DOI) Office of Policy Analysis gathered representatives from 12 DOI bureaus and offices to form the DOI Ecosystem Services Task Force. The following DOI bureaus or offices are represented on the Taskforce: Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Department of the Interior; Office of Policy Analysis (PPA) Department of the Interior; Office of the Secretary (OS) Department of the Interior; Office...
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In addition to methodological standards for performing analyses, DOI bureaus and offices would benefit from high-level guidance that would identify principles and provide an overall direction for the Department. The objective of this effort is to determine the value of establishing short term, general Department level standards on incorporation of ecosystem services into Interior decision-making, as well as specifically in the context of NEPA. Topics may include: developing a set of “guiding principles;” incorporating ecosystem services more explicitly in the Departmental Manual; identifying approaches for maximizing social well-being across the various potential uses of public lands; revisions to the NEPA section...
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The Department of Interior plays an integral role in conserving America’s natural resources and heritage, honoring our cultures and tribal communities, and supplying the energy to power our future. In doing so, DOI’s people, programs, responsibilities, and missions support Americans across all 50 States and territories. Interior grants access to public lands and offshore areas for renewable and conventional energy development — covering roughly a quarter of the Nation’s domestic supplies of oil and natural gas — while ensuring safety, environmental protection, and revenue collection for the American public. DOI oversees the protection and restoration of surface mined lands and is the largest supplier and manager...
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The need for ecosystem service data, tools, and information on incorporating ecosystem service information in decision making spans a multiplicity of contexts in DOI public land and water management. The DOI Ecosystem Service Research Agenda is intended to catalogue and categorize existing efforts across the DOI; take into consideration other prescriptions in the DOI Ecosystem Service Workplan; utilize existing work to document ecosystem service research needs, and tie into budget processes and context of DOI bureaus and offices. The Data Gap Analysis should inform the Applied Research Agenda. The general areas of research that will be addressed in the Research Agenda include: Translating ecosystem structure,...
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Fully implementing ecosystem services concepts and approaches requires capacity building and communication across bureaus and offices, disciplines, and programs. For example a fully quantitative ecosystem service assessment requires specialized technical skills. A critically important aspect of building capacity is facilitating connections between social and natural scientists at the beginning of a project rather than at the end so the link from biophysical observation to human well-being is complete. This is particularly important in agencies where the majority of staff are biophysical scientists not trained in social science. It is also critical to demonstrate the added value of an ecosystem service approach...
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