The National Nature Assessment, Nature Based Solutions and Natural Capital Accounts

National Nature Assessment Executive Order

On April 21st,  the White House hosted a roundtable on Knowledge in Nature: How Nature Can Help Grow A Better Future. Three expert panels talked about on the importance of nature-based solutions, the initiation of Natural Capital Accounts, and the launch of the first-ever U.S. National Nature Assessment. Remarks were given from Dr. Alondra Nelson and Chair Brenda Mallory, as well as exciting announcements from Secretary Gina Raimondo about the U.S. initiative to establish Natural Capital Accounts and Secretary Deb Haaland about the first-ever National Nature Assessment. These announcements are the start of a renewed commitment to and increased ambition on nature and people across the federal government. The recording of the roundtable is now available on the White House YouTube channel.

The three announcements shared in the webinar were also included in the forests Executive Order that President Biden signed Friday, April 21. The White House has also published a blog and a fact sheet about the three initiatives and their importance to our efforts to better understand, account for, and find solutions in nature. You can access these at the links below:

Video: Knowledge in Nature: How Nature Can Help Grow a Better Future Roundtable

Blog post: Accounting for Nature on Earth Day 2022

White House Fact Sheet: President Biden Signs Executive Order to Strengthen America’s Forests, Boost Wildfire Resilience, and Combat Global Deforestation

Nature Based Solutions: Compendium of Federal Nature-Based Solutions for Coastal Communities, States, Tribes, and Territories

White House Seeks Comments About the Scope of the National Nature Assessment

The Office of Science and Technology Policy is now soliciting feedback from the scientific community and the public about the scope of the assessment. The request for information includes a series of questions:

  • What forms of engagement should the US Global Change Research Program use to best inform the assessment?
  • How far back in time should the National Nature Assessment (NNA) explore observed trends and why?
  • What kinds of questions about the future should the NNA aim to answer? How far into the future should projections extend, and why?
  • What types of future scenarios would best support the recommended uses (e.g. quantitative time series, directional changes, stories)?
  • How should the information in the NNA be organized?

To view the full list of questions and submit a comment, see the Federal Register Notice. Comments are due by March 31, 2023.

ESA NNA Webinar

Director of the National Nature Assessment Heather Tallis will join a webinar hosted by ESA to introduce ESA members to the assessment and provide information about submitting comments about the scope of the assessment. The webinar will be held at Dec. 6 at noon EDT. RSVP here.