Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions - January 7, 2016

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January 22
Durham, NC

February 14
Washington, D.C.

February 25
Arlington, VA

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Guide to Blue Carbon Finance
A study developed by the Nicholas Institute, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and others provides guidance on supporting coastal wetland programs and projects using climate finance and other financial mechanisms. Among those emphasized: payments for ecosystem services, the use of insurance schemes, and debt-for-nature swaps.
Policy Brief Considers Mass-Based Plans
A new Nicholas Institute policy brief explores the implications of including or excluding new sources in mass-based state plans to comply with the Clean Power Plan. It finds that covering new sources may make compliance harder or easier, depending on assumptions about future electricity demand and the resources to meet it, and that doing so would provide a consistent economic signal to existing and new sources with similar emissions profiles. In contrast, excluding new sources may lead to power market distortions. 
Report: 21st Century Water Management
The latest report from the 2015 Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum explores water and big data to illuminate how the emergence of large, but dispersed, amounts of data in the water sector can best be utilized to improve the management and delivery of water for a more sustainable future. 
Guidebook a Resource for Federal Agencies
Following release of new policy guidance directing federal agencies to begin incorporating ecosystem services in federal planning and decision making, the National Ecosystem Services Partnership, an initiative of the Nicholas Institute, introduced updates to its online Federal Resource Management and Ecosystem Services Guidebook. The guidebook now highlights content from the paper "Best Practices for Incorporating Ecosystem Services into Decision Making" and new examples from the National Park Service showcasing its exploration of ecosystem services in decision making. 
Staff to Teach Spring Courses
Educating the next generation of environmental leaders is one of the many ways that the Nicholas Institute helps bridge the gap between science and policy. Staff members are teaching more than a half dozen courses at Duke during the spring 2016 semester: Natural Resources Law; Renewables and the World's Poor; Energy, Environment, and the Law; Special Topics in Environmental Regulation; Putting Ecosystem Services Markets into Practice; Applied Environmental Policy Entrepreneurship; and Federal Fisheries Policy. 
Intellectual Community Planning Grants
Nicholas Institute researchers are among those to receive an Intellectual Community Planning grant to collaborate with others at Duke on a project tied to faith, environment, and public policy.

The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions helps decision makers create timely, effective, and economically practical solutions to the world's critical environmental challenges.

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