Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) Conference 2012: Ecosystem services come of age: linking science, policy, and participation for sustainable human well-being
31st Jul – 4th Aug 2012, in Portland, USA
A Working Group session was convened by members of the SGAN Secretariat, with support from Roy Haines-Young (University of Nottingham, UK) on Tools and approaches for monitoring and measuring ecosystem services at the national and sub-national level.
Regional workshop on "Mainstreaming Ecosystem Services Approaches into Development: Application of Economic Valuation for Designing Innovative Response Policies"
6th - 9th Feb 2012, Bangkok, Thailand
The workshop, which was organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in close cooperation with the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), aimed to enhance capacity of policy-makers and technical experts in applying methodologies that can assist them in mainstreaming ecosystem management approaches into poverty alleviation and development policies.
Guide on Integrating Ecosystem Services into Development Planning: a stepwise approach for practitioners based on the TEEB approach
This guide aims to assist advisors, project staff and development planners in partner countries in recognising the links between nature and development. It considers the environmental and economic trade-offs associated with development measures and helps to systematically incorporate ecosystem service-related opportunities and risks into the planning and development of strategies. This step-by-step approach aims to support GIZ programmes and partners to integrate ecosystem services into the design and review of development plans, sector-specific and spatial planning.Download
SGA Network Meeting 2011
11th - 15th Dec 2011, Bilbao, Spain
Convened by UNEP-WCMC and The Cropper Foundation, the meeting was hosted by the University of the Basque Country, UNESCO Katedra and UNESO Etxea. Over 70 network members attended this meeting which brought together practitioners in the field of ecosystem assessments, to discuss the restructuring of the SGA Network, as well as share information on challenges, opportunities and lessons learnt in sub-global assessments. The overall objective of the meeting was to establish the key roles and activities of the SGA Network, including its positioning within the global assessment landscape.
Measuring and Monitoring Ecosystem Services at the Site Scale (TESSA): Introducing a practical toolkit
Developed by Birdlife International and a consortium of researchers and conservation biologists, this booklet introduces a new ‘toolkit’ for measuring ecosystem services at the site scale that is accessible to non-experts and delivers scientifically robust results. TESSA is primarily aimed at conservation practitioners, although the methods may be applicable to a wide range of users, including natural resource managers (e.g. forestry, fisheries, water managers), land-use planners, development organisations (e.g. for poverty alleviation), and the private sector. More information about the toolkit can be found here .Download
Designed by the Natural Capital Project, InVEST (Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services & Tradeoffs) is a family of tools to map and value the goods and services from nature which are essential for sustaining and fulfilling human life. InVEST enables decision-makers to assess the trade-offs associated with alternative choices and to identify areas where investment in natural capital can enhance human development and conservation in terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems.Download
Guidance Manual for the Valuation of Regulating Services
This manual aims to identify and evaluate different methodologies for valuing regulating services in economic term. Case studies demonstrate the application of methodologies to the valuation of regulating services and the scope for incorporating these values into decision-making processes.Download
This manual is directed towards practitioners in environmental economics. Its primary use is expected to be as a supporting tool for estimating the economic value of regulating services provided by a particular ecosystem in a particular area and for a specified time period.
Ecosystems and Human Well-being - A Manual for Assessment Practitioners
This manual is a stand-alone “how to” guide to conducting ecosystem assessments of the impacts of ecosystem change to human well-being. It builds on the experiences and lessons learned from the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. The manual is aimed at assessment practitioners who are looking for guidance on particular aspects of the assessment process, including tools and approaches to assess options for better management of ecosystems.Download
Ecosystem Services: A guide for decision makers
This guide, published by the World Resources Institute and partners, aims to outline how an Ecosystems Services Approach can be incorporated into existing decision making processes to strengthen development strategies. It builds on existing experience with multiple-use ecosystem management, ecosystem restoration, and conservation planning, but identifies ecosystem services more explicitly. This guide is intended for decision makers (i.e. a city mayor; a local planning commission member; a provincial governor; an international development agency official; or a national minister of finance, energy, water, or environment).Download