In this topic, we provide an overview of the consequences and causes of biodiversity loss, a description of the range of ecosystem services that nature provides, and an introduction to the concept of economic valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services.
In this module, we examine a range of valuation tools and methods, and learn about the different circumstances in which each tool can best be applied.
This module begins by providing a summary of the most frequently applied methods for assessing the economic values of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and then continues with a selection of examples of how these methods have been applied in the economic valuation of various types of ecosystem services around the world.
In this module, we present a step-by-step process of assessing the values of ecosystem services to society, and developing mechanisms for integrating this value into development plans and resource sectors. Case studies are provided to help illustrate the process.