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Stewarding Natural Resources for Intergenerational Wellbeing through the ESA


May 25, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Webinar Only


This event is open to the public but you must register (there is a $50 fee for those who are not members of ELI; Press/Full-Time Students, $0). Note: there is no in-person availability for this event.

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  • There is no CLE for this course.

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An ELI Member Webinar

The principle of intergenerational equity – that past, present, and future generations share the Earth’s resources in a fair and equitable manner – is facing many challenges. Ecosystem and biodiversity loss, fueled by climate change and environmental degradation, are impeding upon natural resources, ecosystem services, and the general environmental health and wellbeing of future generations.

However, scientists and policymakers are striving to change this trajectory. To achieve this, some are advocating for improvements to the enforcement of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in order to preserve biodiversity and ecosystem services for future generations.

While the ESA has scored substantial achievements in aiding the recovery of endangered and threatened species, in practice it has typically been more of a retroactive remedy than a preventative measure. Moreover, the ESA’s approach of single species protection, as opposed to a general ecosystem approach, stretches limited government resources as more species are listed. Furthermore, there may be mechanisms traditionally outside of the ESA that can be key to protecting critical habitats, such as incorporating valuation for ecosystem services, and incentivizing reduced-impact logging techniques, and more.

Join the Environmental Law Institute and leading experts to explore the potential role of the Endangered Species Act in preserving natural resources, biodiversity, and ecological services for future generations.


Stephanie Clarke, Associate Attorney, Law Offices of Stephen C. Volker, Moderator 

Tundi Agardy, Executive Director, Sound Seas

Ya-Wei (Jake) Li, Director for Biodiversity, Environmental Policy Innovation Center

Jason Rylander, Senior Endangered Species Counsel, Defenders of Wildlife

Lorena Wada, ES Biologist, Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS)

Any materials will be posted as they are received.
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