Ecosystem Services Assessment for Informed Decision Making

Ecosystems play an important role in sustaining and supporting humans and development sustainability. The ecosystem services framework is so developed to help holistically identify, measure, and quantify the importance, use and value of ecosystems to human society so as to allow consideration and mainstreaming of ecosystems in policy and development decision-making.

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2023

For whom?

Development and environmental professionals as well as decision-makers interested in protection, integration, and mainstreaming of ecosystems in development and policy.

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 19 June 2023
End: 30 June 2023
ECTS credit points: 3
Deadline IHE application: 18 May 2023 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 3500

VAT is not included in the course fee

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:

  • Describe the ecosystem services framework and relevance to development and policy decision making
  • Identify and link ecosystem services, stakeholders, value generation in policy decision-making
  • Review different approaches and tools for ecosystem services assessment and conditions for application
  • Conduct ecosystem service assessment for policy and development decision

Course content

This course is intended to deliver a tool useful in practice that combines and integrates biophysical and social-economic aspects of ecosystem services in developing a systematic and holistic assessment of the role and contribution of ecosystems to human society. In terms of contents, the course is composed of:

  • The ecosystem services framework and relevance to sustainable development
  • Types of ecosystem services assessment, metrics, and contexts of application
  • The demand and supply framework for ecosystem services
  • Biophysical assessment of ecosystem services
  • Socio-economic assessment of ecosystem services
  • Spatial mapping of ecosystem services
  • Tools for ecosystem services
  • Procedure for developing ecosystem services assessment 
  • Case studies

The course combines diverse didactic approaches, particularly, a field trip integrated with a group assignment in practicing and developing an ecosystem service assessment for a focal area linked to policy such as room for river projects in the Netherlands. It will also include a roleplay game for managing a mangrove ecosystem in relation to economic development such as tourism, participatory decision-making, and inclusive development. 

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