To assist APNEP in our efforts to measure and communicate the societal contributions made made by the Albemarle-Pamlico region's natural resources, APNEP contracted with RTI International to conduct an economic valuation of the natural resources of the watershed. These findings will also assist in improving policy and decision makers' understanding of the value of ecosystem services provided by the rich resources of the Albemarle-Pamlico region, consistent with the objectives and actions outlined in our Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP).
The analysis focused on two main questions:
- What are the main ways in which the human populations in and around the watershed depend on and benefit from the watershed's land and water resources and related ecosystems?
- How can the benefits they derive each year from their connections to these natural assets and systems be measured and expressed in dollar terms?
APNEP Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) actions addressed:
- D2.1: Develop and implement a strategy to improve decision-makers' understanding of the costs and benefits of environmental protection, restoration, planning, and monitoring.