On this site, you will find:
Each section of this site consists of a series of short, stand-alone, articles on specific topics. This "loose-leaf" format allows you to use the site as a reference source, or to browse and stop on topics of special interest.
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Overview of the Site
The Big Picture gives a quick overview of ecosystem valuation and why it is important. It also presents some of the practical considerations and issues related to ecosystem valuation.
Essentials of Ecosystem Valuation provides a non-technical overview of the economic theory of benefit estimation, and an overview of valuation methods and the practical considerations for applying them. Other sections of the website will assume that the reader understands the concepts discussed in this section.
Dollar-Based Ecosystem Valuation Methods describes methods that are used to estimate dollar measures of economic values associated with ecosystems. The section contains articles about specific valuation methods and their application. Each article begins with a brief non-technical overview of the method. This is followed by an illustration that shows how the method might be applied, in step by step fashion, and one or more case study examples. Each article concludes with a more detailed and technical description of the method, and its strengths and limitations.
Indicators describes a framework and methods for developing and
using indicators of ecosystem benefits. An indicator is "something
that provides a clue to a matter of larger significance or makes perceptible
a trend or phenomenon that is not immediately detectable." Benefit
indicators may be as useful as dollar-based benefit measures for purposes
of prioritizing spending on environmental conservation, preservation, or
restoration. However, they may not be useful for determining whether
the economic benefits of these programs exceed the costs.