Ecosystem services and economics (ESE) aims to support UNEP’s effort in building capacity of stakeholders to   generate scientifically credible information required for integrating an ecosystem service approach into national economic and development frameworks. The ESE work is geared towards developing a knowledge base as well as promoting understanding on how ecosystems and services they provide relate to human well-being and development along three main areas:
  • Economic valuation and natural wealth#
  • Payments for ecosystem services (PES) and equity
  • Institutional approach for the sustainable use of and access to ecosystem services

DEPI’s work on ESE is in line with the global strategy for the follow-up to the Millennium Ecosystem assessment (MA) of 2005. The MA follow-up was developed by a group of interested partner organisations to address the remaining challenges highlighted by independent evaluations of the MA