By bringing people with similar interests together in two workshops in 2009 and 2012, Shared Challenges has acted as a catalyst for a broad range of projects related to ecosystem services, helping to make this one of the most active areas of collaborative work across CCI.
A highly successful workshop on ‘Assessing and valuing ecosystem services’ at UNEP-WCMC on the 7th December 2009 highlighted some exciting opportunities for new joint initiatives. A discussion during this meeting led to a successful application to the CCI Collaborative Fund for a project focusing on evidence that establishes circumstances that result in synergies or ‘win-wins’ across different ecosystem services.
A meeting on 7th February 2012 gave people an overview of the results of the ecosystem services projects funded by the Collaborative Fund and to discuss potential future projects stemming from them. These projects include:
- Ecosystem service win-wins
- Ecosystem services toolkit
- Preparing teaching materials and building capacity in biodiversity, ecosystem services and climate change
The focus of the morning was the presentation of results from these projects and to discuss the policy context and application of the ecosystem services approach. The afternoon focused on the future development and application of the Toolkit to measure ecosystem services at the site scale – an output developed by one of these projects.