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Valuing Forest Ecosystem Services

A Training Manual for Planners and Project Developers

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The aim of this manual is to enhance understanding of ecosystem services and their valuation. The specific target group comprises governmental officers in planning units and field-level officers and practitioners in key government departments in Bangladesh responsible for project development, including the Ministry of Environment and Forests and its agencies. Most of the examples and case studies presented herein, therefore, are tailored to the Bangladesh context, but the general concepts, approaches and methods can be applied to a broad spectrum of situations. This manual focuses on valuing forest-related ecosystem services, including those provided by trees outside forests. It is expected to improve valuation efforts and help ensure the better use of such values in policymaking and decision making.

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Module 9: Final remarks

ESs contribute to human well-being – as long as the ecosystems that provide them are properly managed and conserved to sustain their supply. Policy- and decision-making processes for ecosystem management need to be properly supported by technical and scientific information derived from ecosystem assessments. Economic valuation, as part of ecosystem assessment, helps translate qualitative and quantitative information on ESs into monetary values. Valuation methods that assign monetary values to ESs have limitations; nevertheless, there is increasing recognition of the importance of economically valuing ESs.

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