Relevant initiatives that are supported by and/or related to ESP are listed below. If you know of other practical guidelines, please contact the guidelines & toolkits lead team.
- ESMERALDA MAES Explorer – An online guidance tool created by the collaborative EU Horizon 2020 funded Coordination and Support Action for research and innovation “ESMERALDA – Enhancing ecosystem services mapping for policy and decision making”. The website provides directions on the process of mapping and assessment of ecosystem services as required by Action 5 of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020.
- MAES Methods Explorer – On this website you can explore the ESMERALDA methods database. The purpose of this database it to collect the majority of available methods to map and assess ecosystem services. Its aim is also to link those methods to specific ecosystem types as well as ecosystem services.
- The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB). Mainstreaming the Economics of Nature: A Synthesis of the Approach, Conclusions and Recommendations of TEEB – It makes the case for systematic appraisal of the economic contribution of biodiversity and ecosystem services to human well-being; and for routine steps to prevent that contribution being lost or diminished through neglect or mismanagement. It addresses all public, whether a citizen, policy maker, local administrator, investor, entrepreneur or academics, to reflect both on the value of nature, and on the nature of value.
- 6-Step approach for Integrating Ecosystem Services into development planning (IES) – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) – A stepwise approach helps practitioners, advisors and policy makers in recognizing and integrating ecosystem services into plans, programs and concrete development-related decisions. It is intended to guide decision-makers in designing their own processes for appraising and considering nature’s benefits in their choices (GIZ).
- Ecosystem Services, A Guide for Decision Makers – World Resources Institute, WRI – This guide presents various methods that use ecosystem services to enable decision makers to link ecosystems and economic development.
- A guide for assessing ecosystem services at the catchment scale – Institute of Natural Resources (INR) and African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) – This publication provides an overview of a relative supply-demand framework, which can be used to assess ecosystem services at a catchment scale.