Welcome to the webpage of USA – NESP, the United States National Ecosystem Services Partnership. NESP is an independent network but has many of the same objectives as ESP. NESP is linked to A Community on Ecosystem Services (ACES) which is coordinated by federal agencies and hosts meetings in the United States every other year.

Lead team


The National Ecosystem Services Partnership (NESP) engages both public and private individuals and organizations to enhance collaboration within the ecosystem services community and to strengthen coordination of policy, market implementation, and research at the national level. The partnership is an initiative of Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and was developed with support and donations of expertise and time from many public and private institutions. In partnership with a number of federal agencies, NESP developed an online guidebook for incorporating ecosystem services into agency planning processes. The guidebook and other products produced by NESP examine how federal agencies are exploring or applying the ecosystem services concept and provide a framework and methodology that can help enhance consistency and credibility of its application.

Get involved

The National Ecosystem Services Partnership sends a quarterly newsletter with updates on our activities and other importation information on ecosystem services. To join this list, send an e-mail to with your name, address, e-mail address, title, and affiliation. For those interested in participating in more active discussions among our members, please also indicate that you’d like to be added to our NESP community list serve.