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.