WE WANT TO STOP THE GLOBAL LOSS OF ECOSYSTEMS AND BIODIVERSITY
The continued loss of ecosystems and biodiversity is endangering the prosperity of current and future generations. Ecosystems deliver a broad range of ecosystem services that underpin human well-being and society. To halt biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation, we need to structurally integrate the 'full value' of ecosystem services in everyday decision making by governments, businesses and individuals.
The UN-FAO estimates that 10 million hectares of forest are cut down each year, this number still increases each year.
WE GATHER AND STANDARDIZE
MONETARY VALUES OF
ECOSYSTEMS TO PROVIDE
INFORMATION ON THEIR 'TRUE' VALUE
We gather information on monetary values of ecosystem services to reflect the `true`value of ecosystems to our wellbeing more visible. Ultimately, these values should be internalized in everyday (economic) decision making. Fundamental changes are needed in our economic systems (Dasgupta, 2021), to treat the causes and not the symptoms of degradation of ecosystems and loss of biodiversity. With our Ecosystem Services Valuation Database (ESVD), we make all the benefits nature provides to us visible and thereby aim to show the importance of nature to societies and individuals.
“In addition to their intrinsic and ecological value, Mangroves provide a mean value of 217,000 Int$/hectare/year in ecosystem services (based on our FAO-SOFO report), the most important of these ecosystem services being coastal protection and tourism.
SOFO report, 2022
WE CREATED THE LARGEST DATABASE WITH STANDARDIZED MONETARY VALUES FOR ALL ECOSYSTEM SERVICES GLOBALLY
We created the largest publicly available database and tool with standardized monetary values for all ecosystem services and all biomes on all continents. All the information in the ESVD comes from over 30 years of peer-reviewed academic research and official reports on monetary valuation of ecosystem services.
OUR DATA IS
State of the art & Reliable
Used in decision-making
Used by global
leading organisations, businesses and NGO's
Coral reefs provide for over $375 billion each year in economic goods and services. Even Apple can’t beat that, with a revenue of ‘only’ $274 billion a year. If coral reefs were a company, it would be the most profitable company on the world!
LET'S MAKE NATURE COUNT
There are many ways to get involved. You can join us in a project or contribute to reviewing data.
A free ESVD account allows you to browse and extract ecosystem service valuation data from the ESVD, to create summary tables, to suggest studies and to enter data yourself.
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