Ecosystem Services

Forest landscapes provide a valuable range of natural ecosystem services that are essential to the functioning and sustainability of the planet—clean water, air and the decomposition of waste.

Dja et Mpomo Model Forest, Cameroon

Establishing the value of ecosystem services provided by forests is essential for:

  • Portraying a forest’s true value, and therefore increasing desirability for its conservation
  • Valuation or payment for ecosystem services (PES)
  • Increasing awareness that ecosystem services are not only under threat and limited, but that the pressure to evaluate trade-offs between immediate and long-term needs is critical
  • Promoting transdisciplinary shifts in how we think about and manage the environment, business opportunities and our future as a species
  • Helping to inform decision-makers of the value of conservation efforts
  • Creating opportunities for rural or remote forest dependent communities

 Please go to the Activities Database to see the Model Forests working on this theme.