Introduction to the Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-Based Assessment (TESSA)
2014 Series: Webinar 1
Speaker: Jennifer Birch, BirdLife International
The SGAN Secretariat partnered with Jennifer Birch to deliver a training session on TESSA – a new ‘toolkit’ for measuring ecosystem services at the site scale. This toolkit is accessible to non-experts. It helps users with limited capacity (technical knowledge, time) and resources (money, ‘man’ power) to deliver scientifically robust information on ecosystem services.
SGANews Issue 7 – March 2014
Workshop for the SADC Member States: Capacity building for undertaking ecosystem assessments
3rd - 6th Feb 2014, Pretoria, South Africa
The SGAN Secretariat, in collaboration with the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the UNEP Regional office for Africa and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), convened a four-day capacity building workshop for policy makers and practitioners from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member state countries. Aimed at enhancing participant's understanding of the ecosystem assessment concept and methodology, the workshop also increased participants’ awareness of how their countries can engage with IPBES.
SGANews Issue 6 – December 2013
SGANews Issue 5 – October 2013
6th Annual International Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) Conference
26th Aug - 1st Sept 2013, Bali, Indonesia
The SGAN Secretariat with support from members of the network convened a Special Session on ‘Bridging the science-policy interface: experiences from, and the role of sub-global assessments.’ In collaboration with the Natural Capital Project the SGAN also convened a 2.5 day post-conference training session on ‘Tools for integrated ecosystem assessment and management, including hands-on training with InVEST and lessons learned from sub-global assessment case studies’.
SGANews Issue 4 – July 2013
Payments for Ecosystem Services: A best practice guide
This best practice guide has been developed by an expert consortium with hands-on experience of developing Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes, in collaboration with potential users. An authoritative, practical and business-focussed guide, it collates a number of instructive domestic and international case studies demonstrating the various challenges associated with a PES approach. This guide will help users to: understand the principles of PES; identify and test potential opportunities and suitable partners for PES; and find solutions to technical, legal and institutional issues.Download
Eco4Biz - Ecosystem services and biodiversity tools to support business decision-making
Developed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Eco4Biz is a structured overview of existing tools and approaches, focusing on either ecosystem services (such as provisioning, regulating and cultural services), or biodiversity. Eco4Biz features a decision tree, composed of two questions corporate managers might ask themselves:
- At what scale would you like to carry out an assessment, i.e. global, landscape (including individual site and portfolio of sites), or product level?
- What outputs would best support your decision-making, e.g. a map (including supporting reports), a quantitative value, or a score showing priority areas?
SGANews Issue 3 – March 2013