Towards a global learning network on ecosystem services assessment, valuation and management

The aim of this workshop is to further develop, strengthen and formalize a global learning network on ecosystem services assessment, valuation and management, in order to accelerate global efforts to maintain and restore essential ecosystem services and the benefits they provide for human welfare.

The workshop will enable participants to share experiences on the practical application of ecosystem services assessment and valuation. Through a series of short presentations the session will present concrete examples of experiences with ecosystem assessment and valuation from Europe, Asia and the Pacific, including emerging lessons from important regional programs such as the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF), the Heart of Borneo Initiative (HOB), and the Greater Mekong Subregion Core Environment Program and Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Initiative (GMS-CEP-BCI).

To strengthen ecosystem services science and practice, the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) (www.es-partnership.org<http://www.es-partnership.org/>) is developing a global network of research, training and implementation sites in collaboration with, among others, the UNEP-supported Sub-Global Assessment (SGA) Network (www.ecosystemassessment.net<http://www.ecosystemassessment.net/>) and the Commission on Ecosystem Management (www.iucn.org<http://www.iucn.org/>).

During the panel session, lessons learnt and remaining issues regarding the establishment of a global network of research and learning sites will be discussed.

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