Steve Whitney on Regional Planning and Resilience in the Pacific Northwest The Bullitt Foundation's Senior Program Officer, Steve Whitney, just published a blog post on Resilience in the Pacific Northwest on the Regional Open Space Strategy (ROSS) website.
The Ecosystem Services program makes grants to support efforts, based on sound science, to restore and protect the natural green infrastructure that provides ecological goods and services to the region’s major metropolitan areas.
One consequence of such efforts will be to illuminate the links between healthy ecosystems and vibrant human communities. Unfortunately, these linkages are not well understood by most policymakers or by the public they serve. Ecosystem services include more than the obvious things – the products we obtain from natural ecosystems. They also include the fundamental life support services provided by them: purification of air, regulation of water flows, detoxification and decomposition of wastes, regeneration of soil fertility, pollination of food crops, and production and maintenance of biodiversity from which we derive the raw materials on which our economies and communities are built.
The Bullitt Foundation’s Ecosystem Services program views conservation through a human lens. It favors bold urban projects that lie at the interface of human communities and the natural world. It seeks to advance innovations in the management of land, air, and water that fully value the benefits of nature and enable the citizens of major metropolitan areas in the Pacific Northwest to live and work sustainably and serve as a model for others. It recognizes that reciprocal agreements, market mechanisms, taxes, fees, subsidies, and public education can complement regulation as a policy tool. It acknowledges climate change as a major additional stress on ecosystems, and it overlaps substantially and intentionally with the Foundation’s other programs.
Grants awarded from the Ecosystem Services Program typically seek to:
To advance these objectives grantees employ strategies to:
In the video, Senior Program Officer Steve Whitney talks about planning for resilience in the Central Puget Sound region.