Assessing ecosystem services
BirdLife’s scientific work on ecosystem services focuses on demonstrating nature’s values for people. Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas often provide essential benefits such as food, materials, water, climate regulation and flood protection, as well as opportunities for recreation and spiritual fulfilment. Working alongside a range of collaborating organisations, BirdLife is developing and testing a toolkit of simple methods for evaluating ecosystem services at individual sites. The data generated by its application are already helping to inform local to national policy to support better biodiversity conservation, sustainable use of natural resources and improvements in livelihoods.