Members of the ESP Mediterranean Biome Working group have just published an article on the importance of ecosystem services for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or the Aichi Targets. In particular, the study explores how and which ecosystem services are currently considered in the SDGs and the Aichi Targets. The authors identified the information that is already available in current national ecosystem assessments, as well as the main knowledge gaps, for monitoring the progress towards the achievement of these goals.
The study highlights the fact that all ecosystem services categories (i.e. provisioning, regulating and cultural) are relevant for the Aichi Targets and the SDGs. However, there is a strong information availability bias towards the supply side of ecosystem services, while information on social behaviour and governance is lacking for ecosystem services flows.
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Ref. Geijzendorffer, I. R., Cohen-Shacham, E., Cord, A. F., Cramer, W., Guerra, C., & Martín-López, B. (2017). Ecosystem services in global sustainability policies. Environmental Science & Policy, 74, 40-48.