EPA Science Inventory

Developing ecosystem service indicators: Experiences and lessons learned from sub-global assessments and other initiatives - new

Citation:

Walpole, M., C. Brown, M. Tierney, A. Mapendembe, E. Viglizzo, P. Goethals, T. Birge, R. Fuentes, S. Butchart, R. Hoft, D. Vackar, P. Koleff, J. Sarukhan, T. Urquiza, P. O'Farrell, B. Reyers, K. Garcia, A. Girvan, J. Watts, A. Stott, A. Larigauderie, K. Biala, C. Schlatter, D. R. Rodriguez, S. Mainka, J. Williams, C. Beltrame, D. Armenteras, M. Marcela, S. Nybo, O. T. Sandlund, N. Davaidson, U. Ghate, H. Berg, N. Ash, V. L. Panadero, E. Zandri, N. Doswald, C. Kumar, J. Scharlemann, L. Simpson, T. Tyrrell, S. Diaz, C. Linstead, M. V. Espaldon, P. L. RINGOLD, R. de Groot, A. van Oudenhoven, R. Lasco, C. Layke, T. Barano, O. Hadian, A. Bondarev, T. Yashina, N. Bhagabati, T. Ricketts, AND A. Rosenthal. Developing ecosystem service indicators: Experiences and lessons learned from sub-global assessments and other initiatives - new. UNEP-WCMC 2011, Montreal, QC, CANADA, September 22 - 23, 2009. Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Montreal, Canada, Technical Series(No. 58):118, (2011).

Description:

People depend upon ecosystems to supply a range of services necessary for their survival and well-being. Ecosystem service indicators are critical for knowing whether or not these essential services are being maintained and used in a sustainable manner, thus enabling policy makers to identify the policies and other interventions needed to better manage them. As a result, ecosystem service indicators are of increasing interest and importance to governmental and inter-governmental processes, including amongst others the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Aichi Targets contained within its strategic plan for 2011-2020, as well as the emerging Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Despite this growing demand, assessing ecosystem service status and trends and developing robust indicators is often hindered by a lack of information and data, resulting in few available indicators. In response, the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), together with a wide range of international partners and supported by the Swedish International Biodiversity Programme (SwedBio)*, undertook a project to take stock of the key lessons that have been learnt in developing and using ecosystem service indicators in a range of assessment contexts. The project examined the methodologies, metrics and data sources employed in delivering ecosystem service indicators, so as to inform future indicator development. This report presents the principal results of this project.

Purpose/Objective:

People depend upon ecosystems to supply a range of services necessary for their survival and well-being.

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Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (NON-EPA PUBLISHED PROCEEDINGS)
Start Date: 12/01/2011
Completion Date: 12/01/2011
Record Last Revised: 08/13/2014
Record Created: 12/07/2011
Record Released: 12/07/2011
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 239902

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LAB

WESTERN ECOLOGY DIVISION

FRESHWATER ECOLOGY BRANCH