The Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Earth Institute, Columbia University – in partnership with Forest Trends, Enterprise Works/VITA and the Land Tenure Center at the University of Wisconsin – have been awarded a $4 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development. The award is titled, “Promoting Transformation: Linking Natural Resources, Economic Growth and Good Governance,” or Translinks. Entering its fourth year, the project identifies best practices and generates research on natural resource conservation, poverty reduction and governance that can be used by partner organizations and shared with the wider conservation and development communities. The Center for Environmental Sustainability focuses on the role of ecosystem services in promoting these goals.
Soon, the Translinks project will release an ecosystem services primer for local conservation practitioners in agricultural settings. This guide will outline the variety and importance of ecosystem services and the ecological and economic benefits of utilizing them in individual agricultural practices.