Valuation and Mainstreaming of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

All life, including human life, depends upon biodiversity and ecosystems, and upon the goods and services they provide. Society nearly always views these benefits as ‘free,’ and does not integrate the costs and benefits of biodiversity into economic and policy frameworks. As a result, the world has experienced unprecedented loss of biodiversity around the world, undermining the very foundations of life on Earth.

By recognizing the full suite of benefits that biodiversity and ecosystems provide, and by incorporating these benefits into economic and policy frameworks, we can set a course for halting and even reversing the overwhelming loss of biodiversity we have already experienced.

The goal of this training is to provide you with an overview of the process of biodiversity valuation and mainstreaming. This training has three topic areas, seen below.

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