Assistant Professor of Economics Sahan T. M. Dissanayake participated as a resource person for a workshop organized by the Council on Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics (CFARE) on creating guiding principles for developing a national framework to quantify ecosystem service benefits. The workshop, held in Washington, D.C., focused on USDA programs and included policymakers, practitioners, and academics. Professor Dissanayake previously organized similar training workshops on ecosystem services and biodiversity in Nepal, Ethiopia, and Sri Lanka, and he previously served as a resource person for efforts to come up with “principles of valuation” for U.S. policymakers.

Professor Dissanayake also conducted a research seminar at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in Washington, D.C. His presentation, “The Riparian Shade Credit Programs: Valuing Ecosystem Service Benefits and Optimal Riparian Restoration,” analyzed a new environmental program aimed at reducing thermal pollution in Tualatin, Ore. Gilbert Kiggundu ’15 was instrumental in analyzing the data from this program, and part of the results presented were from Kiggundu’s independent study at Colby.