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Banking on nature's assets - World Resources Institute

C H A P T E R 3

Tools for Integrating

Ecosystem Services

This chapter introduces a selection of emerging ecosystem

service-based tools that MDBs can use to incorporate

information on ecosystem services into their

policies, plans, and projects. The list is not exhaustive but,

rather, illustrates the variety of tools available. MDBs can

play an important role in improving and building on them.

MDBs can also incorporate ecosystem services into their

existing decision support tools, such as biodiversity maps, or

combine them with the tools listed below.

MDB staff and partners may have concerns about

whether sufficient data on ecosystem services are available

or about the costs of collecting such data. In working with

companies and governments around the globe, WRI has

found that data on many services already exist. Where

there are gaps, interviews with experts from academia

and nongovernmental organizations can help. When no

quantitative data exist, as can be the case for some regulating

and cultural services, qualitative information and expert

In working with companies and governments

around the globe, WRI has found that data

on many ecosystem services already exist.

advice can still yield valuable insights. Box 4 gives examples

of ecosystem service data sources used by two companies

that undertook assessments of the business risks associated

with ecosystems.

For any given decision or entry point, it will often be

necessary to use more than one tool. Three of the examples

below are guides that include a combination of tools.

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