Valuation and Mainstreaming of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services into Development Planning

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Welcome to this training on 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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Topic 1: Valuing biodiversity and ecosystem services – an introduction

This topic covers, the consequences and causes of biodiversity loss, an introduction to biodiversity and ecosystem services and an introduction to valuation.

45 minutes

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Topic 2: Valuation and approaches to valuing biodiversity and ecosystem services

This topic covers the methods of economic valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services and provides case studies of biodiversity and ecosystem services valuation.

30 Minutes

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Topic 3: Ecosystem services valuation: A step-by-step guide

This topic looks at the steps in the ecosystem valuation process and lessons learned in conducting economic valuation studies.

30 Minutes

“We are losing natural capital — the benefits that flow from nature to us … at an extraordinary rate, of the order of two to four trillion dollars-worth of natural capital.”

Pavan Sukhdev, UNEP