With mounting socio-economic pressures and continued lack of appreciation of its true value to society, nature must stake its claim in the future of the planet. An ecosystem assessment is one such approach for this, where the findings of science concerning the causes of ecosystem change, their consequence for human well-being, and management and policy options are brought to bear on the needs of decision-makers. They are a strategy for providing robust, useable information for understanding and promoting nature´s inherent worth, and building the foundations for pragmatic solutions and global action.
Improving the science and practice of ecosystem assessments, and their role in policy and mainstreaming, can better equip conservation practitioners to promote the true value of nature, its conservation, and equitable sharing of the benefits it provides to humanity.Our training will build capacity for undertaking and using ecosystem assessments, through developing tools and techniques for measuring and valuing ecosystem services.
We aim to achieve this through
1) Improving awareness of widely recognized and understood tools and techniques
2) Providing training in how to use these tools in an ecosystem assessment
2) Establishing their usefulness in decision-making processes and demonstrate how they can be used to translate science into policy-relevant information and instigate behavioural change and collective action
As this session is ran by the Sub-Global Assessment (SGA) Network, there will be continuous underlying themes of information sharing and learning by doing. The SGA Network creates a common platform for ecosystem assessment practitioners to share experiences and expertise, identify common lessons and good practice, and maximise knowledge transfer within the assessment community. In turn this helps to develop a collective pool of useful information for the global community, bridging the local-to-global knowledge gap.