The seminar series goals were to:

  • Establish a learning platform for practitioners interested in understanding how the ES concept works and how it is used
  • Develop a new series with novel analyses and information to advance the ES field
  • Identify potential tools for planning conservation interventions and implementing workable solutions to conservation problems
  • Explore the economic, social, and ecological components of ES in order to create more durable conservation outcomes

Turning Theory into Action

This 7-seminar series convened an exceptional group of world-class speakers from leading institutions and organizations to provide participants with a holistic view of ES. Through its consideration of topics ranging from the theoretical roots of ecosystem services, to existing policy and management tools that incorporate the concept, to its applications for improved resource management decision-making, the series aimed to catalyze the uptake of this new paradigm among the conservation community.


The GBMF Environmental Conservation Program's goal is "to change the ways in which people use terrestrial, freshwater, and coastal marine ecosystems to conserve critical ecological systems and functions, while allowing sustainable use."


"Ecosystem services are the benefits people obtain from ecosystems. These include provisioning services such as food, water, timber, and fiber; regulating services that affect climate, floods, disease, wastes, and water quality; cultural services that provide recreational, aesthetic, and spiritual benefits; and supporting services such as soil formation, photosynthesis, and nutrient cycling" (Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, 2005).

2011 Ecosystem Services Seminar Series

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Coastal Quest and Gordon Betty Moore Foundation, ed. Measuring Nature's Balance Sheet of 2011
Ecosystem Services Seminar Series. Palo Alto: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, 2012. PDF e-book.