In the Ca Mau province, 45,523 hectares of mangroves generate ecosystem services worth up to $1,560 – 2,985 per hectare, per year.
Of this, up to $1,720 comes from carbon sequestration.
Data from an Earth Observation System, a satellite-based information system, was combined with data on tourism flows collected from internet-based platforms to assemble information on water and ecotourism systems in Chile.
The findings have helped to ensure that ecosystem services are integrated into national policies.
In South Africa, for example, the role of ecosystem services is now recognised as a part of an ecological infrastructure, with an active contribution to the $93 billion National Infrastructure Development Plan.
In Vietnam, the project’s findings were used in land-use planning at the Ca Mau province level, the National Green Growth Strategy to 2020 and the National Strategy for Environmental Protection to 2020.
In Chile, one of the results was the first-ever tourism development plan for the Municipality of San Pedro de Atacama, which recognises the role of ecosystem services in sustainable land and tourism management in one of the driest landscape in the world.
‘The recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals recognise that the heath of the global commons is essential to achieving our development ambitions.
‘It is vital that decision-makers at all levels – from communities to corporations to cabinets – take the true value of ecosystem services into account in their decision making to ensure sustainable use of our planet’s finite environmental resources. The findings from the four country pilots in the ProEcoServ project are an exciting first step in the process.’
Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility
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