Costing Nature (Co$ting Nature)

Tool Description

Co$ting Nature is a web based tool for analysing the ecosystem services provided by natural environments, identifying the beneficiaries of these services and assessing the impacts of human interventions. This Policy Support System (PSS) is a testbed for the development and implementation of development and conservation strategies focused on sustaining and improving ecosystem services and their environmental foundations. It also focused on enabling the intended and unintended consequences of development actions on ecosystem service provision to be tested in silico before they are tested in vivo. The PSS incorporates detailed spatial datasets at 1-square km and 1 hectare resolution for the entire world, spatial models for biophysical and socioeconomic processes along with scenarios for climate and land use. The PSS calculates a baseline for current ecosystem service provision and allows a series of interventions (policy options) or scenarios of change to be used to understand their impact on ecosystem service delivery. By combining more than 80 input maps Co$ting Nature calculates the spatial distribution of ecosystem services for water, carbon, hazard mitigation and tourism and combines these with maps of conservation priority, threatened biodiversity and endemism to understand the spatial distribution of critical ecosystems. These data are combined with analysis of current human pressures and future threats on ecosystems and their services in order to assess conservation priority. Further detail is given in Mulligan et al. (2010). Mulligan, M. A. Guerry, K. Arkema, K. Bagstad and F. Villa (2010) Capturing and quantifying the flow of ecosystem services in Silvestri S., Kershaw F., (eds.). Framing the flow: Innovative Approaches to Understand, Protect and Value Ecosystem Services Across Linked Habitats. UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 978-92-807-3065-4.

Strengths

  • Rapid and easy to use
  • Communicates effectively, detailed, spatial and global

Limitations

  • Not yet running scenarios for climate and land use change
  • Limited range of ecosystem services

Skills needed

Web browser use, basic understanding of ecosystem services GIS analysis if downloading data for further analysis

Tech support available

User manual Online live help Training sessions using skype Developer available for consultation

Equipment Needs

Firefox browser, internet connection

Data Needs

None (all data supplied)

Sources

  • Mulligan, M. A. Guerry, K. Arkema, K. Bagstad and F. Villa (2010) Capturing and quantifying the flow of ecosystem services in Silvestri S., Kershaw F., (eds.). Framing the flow: Innovative Approaches to Understand, Protect and Value Ecosystem Services Across Linked Habitats. UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 978-92-807-3065-4.

  • Mulligan,M., Leonardo Saenz-Cruz, Jorge Rubiano, Marcela Quintero and Frank Hajek (2010) Monitoring of Ecosystem Services and Evaluation of Payments for Ecosystem Services Schemes in Hajek, F. (ed) Free? Natures services and what they can do to sustain Peru. In press

Submitted By: mulligan
Last Updated: December 6, 2011, 1:04 pm

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