Forests play an important role in providing essential ecosystem services such as regulating water quality, reducing the risk of floods and food, medicines and timber provision. This is particularly important in countries where reduction of poverty is a major challenge. Payments for Ecosystem Service mechanisms have been put in place to finance sustainable management and restoration of global forest resources through paying forest communities for the conservation services they provide.

In this topic, you will learn:

  • theory and classification of ecosystem services;
  • methods and standards for assessment quality certification of ecosystem services;
  • example of marketing of ecosystem services.

The ECOSTAR e-learning course

The course will run from October to December 2017, on Moodle’s e-learning platform. Find out more and apply for “Ecosystem services and products: from ideas to business” course here or write to us for further information.