Join the Ecosystem Services Experts Directory

05 February 2011 | News story

The online directory is a “one-stop-shop” to help businesses and government leaders find experts in ecosystems services, and to allow members to connect with one another.

IUCN, WRI, Earthwatch Institute, and WBCSD have created the Ecosystem Services Experts Directory, a global online database of professionals and scientific experts working in the field of ecosystem services.

Government and business decision makers are increasingly in need of ecosystem services expertise. Our regularly updated online directory includes a wide range of noted experts on issues such as water resources, wetlands, climate regulation, agriculture, and more. It serves as a critical resource for policymakers, professionals, and others looking for specific information or guidance on a particular ecosystem trend or environmental management practice.

Who you will find
This directory includes a wide range of noted experts on ecosystems and ecosystem functions. These experts have:

  • University, NGO, corporate, government or international organization affiliation or association
  • 5 years in a research or practitioner role related to ecological functions and/or services
  • An advanced degree in a field related to ecosystem services

Partners
This directory is a joint venture of the World Resources Institute, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Earthwatch Institute, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The Ecological Society of America and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment’s Sub-Global Working Groups have also committed to participating. We thank these organizations for their support.

What are ecosystem services?
Ecosystems provide businesses with numerous benefits or “ecosystem services.” Forests supply timber and wood fiber, purify water, regulate climate, and yield genetic resources. River systems provide freshwater, power, and recreation. Coastal wetlands filter waste, mitigate floods, and serve as nurseries for commercial fisheries.

The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment—the largest audit ever conducted of the condition and trends in the world’s ecosystems—found that ecosystems have declined more rapidly and extensively over the past 50 years than at any other comparable time in human history. In fact, 15 of the 24 ecosystem services evaluated have degraded over the past half century. The Assessment projected further declines over coming decades, particularly in light of population growth, economic expansion, and global climate change.

As ecosystem services gain importance in regional planning, corporate decision making, and environmental markets worldwide, decision makers are increasingly in need of ecosystem services expertise. This directory links decision makers with experts, and helps disseminate information and guidance for all things ecosystem services.

Join the Ecosystem Services Experts Directory
To add your name to the Ecosystem Services Experts Directory, email your request including your name, organization, title, and resume or CV to the Directory sponsor organization you know best. Email only one organization:

  • World Resources Institute: es-experts@wri.org
  • WBCSD: ecosystems@wbcsd.org
  • IUCN: Enrique.lahmann@iucn.org
  • Earthwatch: es-experts@earthwatch.org

If you meet the required criteria below, within 2 weeks you will receive a link to fill out your profile.

Acceptance Criteria
Experts in the Ecosystem Services Experts Directory should have:

  • University, NGO, corporate, government or international organization affiliation or association
  • 5 years in a research or practitioner role related to ecological functions and/or services
  • An advanced degree in a field related to ecosystem services