Applications

Our Steps

Overview

Using ABMI’s specialized ecological knowledge and expertise, the ESA Project is enhancing and creating knowledge that will support the use of the assessment models, maps and other tools in regional planning, market-based approaches and sustainability reporting.

Ecosystems are complex making them difficult to measure and assess. The assessment approach includes clearly defining the ecosystem of interest and measuring it with consideration of how humans use or benefit from the service. ABMI has used simulation models and maps to help us understand ecosystem service (ES) supply and how ES supply might change with various land management activities. Once the supply is measured the value or benefit can be calculated. This value is determined based on the benefits humans receive.


All steps in this approach follow three key principles:

Grounded in Science

Grounded in Science

Assessment approaches are credible and verifiable. Information is grounded in science and provides assurance that applications are fair and transparent.

Easily Understood

Easily Understood

Assessment approaches are communicated in terms that are simple and intuitive. Users of the information will clearly understand the supply and value of ecosystem services.

Cost effective

Cost effective

The assessment approaches lean heavily on available sources of information, existing knowledge and rapid, inexpensive assessment methods.