The main objective of this program is to contribute to the mainstreaming of ecosystem services in decision-making in the Global South by furthering the knowledge and empirical understanding of valuing, accounting for, securing and enhancing these services.

Research under this program includes:

  • Ecosystem services valuation and accounting;
  • Uptake and impact of interventions to secure and enhance ecosystem services;
  • Financing conservation (e.g. studies on optimal park pricing);
  • Nature-based solutions, including ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change; and
  • Conservation and development planning

Key projects

  • The ESAforD project is an unprecedented seven-country ecosystem service valuation project developed in collaboration with EfD centers located in: Costa Rica, China, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, and Sweden, together with the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • The Park Pricing project has involved collaboration across the EfD’s centers in Eastern and Southern Africa