Measuring - Metrics
29 - 30 MAY 2014
U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC, USA


Measuring / Metrics

Based on the presentation of case studies, this session will explore methods and tools to measure environmental impacts and monitor changes in ecosystems functionalities as well as socio-economic benefits. It will cover topics such as:

  • Establishing the criteria and methodologies for monitoring indicators
  • Selecting indicators for monitoring changes in ecosystems functionalities and landscapes
  • Measuring restoration progress, in terms of  economics, livelihoods, food security, social impacts biodiversity and  carbon sequestration
  • Data collecting and data sharing (tools, methods, periodicity, etc.)
  • Analytic methods
  • Tracking the progress of international commitments and objectives (e.g. the CBD target 15, the Bonn Challenge)
  • Issues related to the equivalence estimation in offsetting (how to compensate major infrastructure projects)
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Jeffrey Jacobs

Director, Water Science and Technology Board (WSTB)
Jeffrey Jacobs is the Director of the Water Science and Technology Board (WSTB) at the National Research Council (NRC) in Washington, DC. The WSTB serves as an independent advisor to the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, and other entities through volunteer expert committees on a variety of national water science and related policy issues. In his 17 years at the NRC, Jeffrey has directed several NRC studies of prominent U.S. water issues, including Mississippi River and northern Gulf of Mexico water quality, Colorado River hydrology and climate, New Orleans hurricane protection, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers planning principles and methods. He also has conducted extensive research on water planning issues in Southeast Asia’s Mekong River basin. Jeffrey holds a PhD degree in geography from the University of Colorado.

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Jeb Barzen

Director of Field Ecology, International Crane Foundation
Jeb Barzen has directed the Field Ecology Department at the International Crane Foundation for 27 years. Projects of the Field Ecology Department involve developing research and conservation programs that restore native ecosystems for people and other inhabitants, both in the U.S. and abroad. Since 2001, Jeb has worked with colleagues to develop the University Network for Wetland Research and Training in the Mekong Region: a network that currently includes 18 member universities, teaches an annual wetland ecology course and implements integrated conservation projects. Our most recent collaborative research project includes a survey of Persistent Organic Pollutants in wetlands throughout the Mekong Basin Jeb received Wildlife Biology degrees from the University of North Dakota (M.S.-1989) and University of Minnesota (B.S.-1982).
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Cathy Kellon

Program Director, Water and Watersheds, Ecotrust
Cathy directs the Water and Watersheds Program at Ecotrust where she oversees the Whole Watershed Restoration Initiative, a multi-million dollar, collaborative effort to restore the major ecological functions of high priority river basins in Oregon and Washington, U.S. Cathy has over fifteen years of experience developing and applying strategic approaches to improving habitat for native fish and wildlife, increasing public awareness of the value of nature’s services, and ensuring a more reliable access to clean water for all members of our communities. She has previously worked with the State of the Salmon Program, NOAA Fisheries, and the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. She earned her Master’s in Geography and a minor in Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies from Oregon State University.
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Carolina Murcia

Consultant, CIFOR Science Director, Organization for Tropical Studies, USA
Dr. Murcia is a Colombian tropical conservation ecologist, with a Ph.D. from University of Florida (US). She generates and coordinates interdisciplinary and inter-institutional projects in science-based conservation and restoration, focusing mostly in northern South America and Costa Rica. She is currently the Science Director of the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) and adjunct faculty in the Department of Biology, University of Florida (US). She also does consulting work in Colombia in conservation and restoration, particularly related to policy and assessments. Her publications span the continuum between science, science transfer and policy. Previously she was a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Ecological Restoration (11 years) and Northern Andes Regional Director at Wildlife Conservation Society (US).
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Fred Sklar

Director of the Everglades restoration science department, South Florida Water Management District
Fred H. Sklar has a Masters in Oceanography and a Ph.D. in Wetland Ecology. He has been working in coastal and freshwater ecosystems since 1976, is an Associate Editor for the Ecological Society of America’s journal: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, and is the Director of the Everglades restoration science department at the South Florida Water Management District (District) in West Palm Beach. Dr. Sklar studies the hydrology, soil, plant and animal processes associated with both the degradation and restoration of wetland and coastal ecosystems, and specializes in the design and implementation of landscape-scale, adaptive management experiments to facilitate environmental restoration.


The Conference has been proposed by

Veolia Institute

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US Water Science and Technology Board

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International Union for Conservation of Nature

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