TESSA: A toolkit for rapid assessment of ecosystem services at sites of biodiversity conservation importance

TESSA: A toolkit for rapid assessment of ecosystem services at sites of biodiversity conservation importance

Many sites that are important for biodiversity conservation also provide significant benefits (i.e. ecosystem services) to people. Understanding the effects of changes to a site on the the delivery of services and the distribution of any benefits among stakeholders is important, but the carrying out ecosystem service assessments generally relies on substantial resources or specialist technical knowledge. The authors of this paper present a new tool, the the Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment (TESSA), which has been developed for use by local non-specialists, enabling the identification of which ecosystem services may be important at a site, and for evaluating the magnitude of benefits that people obtain from them currently, compared with those expected under alternative land-uses.

The development of TESSA was partially funded by the CCI Collaborative Fund.

Suggested citation: Peh, K.S.-H., et al. (2013) TESSA: A toolkit for rapid assessment of ecosystem services at sites of biodiversity conservation importance. Ecosystem Services, 5, e51–e57.