Measuring and monitoring ecosystem services at the site scale: building practical tools for real-world conservation

Measuring and monitoring ecosystem services at the site scale: building practical tools for real-world conservation

This project aims to develop and deploy a rapid assessment tool to understand how far conserving sites for their biodiversity importance also helps to conserve different ecosystem services (ESs), relative to a converted state. The tool is being piloted at a diverse range of sites in the UK, Nepal and Montserrat. Publication of the methods will be through the peer-review literature and the development of a ‘toolkit’ user-manual.

This project was funded by the CCI Collaborative Fund for Conservation.

Project Aims

To develop and deploy a rapid assessment tool to understand how far conserving sites for their biodiversity importance also helps to conserve different Ecosystem Services (ESs), relative to a converted state. The legacy of this project will include:

  1. A valuable addition to the currently meager set of site-scale case studies estimating the net economic consequences of conservation
  2. Fresh information for advocacy at the focal sites and in surrounding regions
  3. The development of a generic tool for rapid site-based service assessment and monitoring elsewhere (e.g. across Birdlife International’s network of Important Bird Areas (IBAs – for more information, please see the related link below).

Conservation Impact

The outputs of this project have been used to generate further collaborative work including:

  • Adding further modules to the tool, including methods for rapidly assessing the ability of natural habitats to protect coastlines from storm damage
  • Extending the tool to include not just biophysical quantification of ecosystem service values, but also socio-economic evaluation to assess differential distribution of services and impacts on people in diferent socio-economic circumstances
  • Plans to design, deliver and support a web-based user-friendly version of the tool.
  • Developing fundraising proposals with new partners engaged, to roll-out the toolkit to other sites globally and improve its content
  • To initiate a CCI project on training of African conservation professionals to understand and implement the toolkit at selected sites
  • To support BirdLife in producing a Nepal National Report on biodiversity and ecosystem services as a result of engagement in this project

Outputs

  1. A practical and non-technical Toolkit Booklet: Measuring and monitoring ecosystem services at the site scale
  2. Report: Conserving biodiversity and delivering ecosystem services at Important Bird Areas in Nepal – released during the CBD COP – 11 Hyderabad meeting held in October 2012

Project Overview

Type: Funded Projects
Theme: Valuing biodiversity and ecosystem services
Start date: January 1, 2010
Status: Complete

Project team

CCI partners Involved

Other Organisations Involved

Credits

Thumbnail Image: Kalyan Varma

Banner Image: Kelvin Peh

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