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AED Hosts Pell Center/NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Ecosystem Services

The 2005 publication of the United Nations' Millennium Ecosystem Assessment brought international attention to the contributions made by ecosystems to human well-being. Although concepts of ecosystem services and their socioeconomic worth were introduced more than a half-century ago, the science underlying environmental policy based on this awareness continues to evolve rapidly. To help promote the use of that science to develop environmental security policy, the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy hosted a NATO Advanced Research Workshop (ARW) entitled "Achieving Environmental Security: Ecosystem Services and Human Welfare." The overall goal of ARW is to define, design, and develop efficient and effective ecosystem service management strategies that prove critically useful for making better policy choices to achieve environmental security and enhance human welfare.

The Pell Center, located at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI, was established by an act of the U.S. Congress in 1996 to honor Senator Claiborne Pell. It promotes the primary objectives of Senator Pell's decades of public service: enhancing international dialogue to achieve a more peaceful world and preparing individuals for an informed and active role in local, national, and world affairs. The Pell Center's activities focus on applying multilateral solutions to international problems; examining the influences and consequences of globalization; responding to the changed nature of security and conflict resolution; enabling global resource stewardship and environmental protection; and supporting the arts, humanities, and education.

ARW participants, representing countries worldwide, are to tour NHEERL's Atlantic Ecology Division (AED) on July 9, 2009. AED staff will present overviews of EPA and the research conducted in ORD's Ecosystem Services Research Program and will introduce specific ongoing research being conducted at AED during a walking tour of the Narragansett, RI, facility.

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