New guide helps assess benefits of key natural areas

Satellite view of the Caribbean Sea in early morningThe International Union for Conservation of Nature World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN-WCPA) recently issued new guidance to help ecologists assess ecosystem services within important sites for biodiversity and nature conservation. The report — co-authored by Arizona State University’s Leah Gerber and Center for Biodiversity Outcomes Affiliate researchers Penny Langhammer and Rachel Neugarten — reviews nine assessment tools and focuses on their application in key biodiversity areas, natural World Heritage sites and protected areas. The report, “Tools for measuring, modelling, and valuing ecosystem services: Guidance for Key Biodiversity Areas, natural World Heritage sites, and protected areas,” is the result of a collaboration between more than 20 international experts in the field convened by the IUCN.
Written by Skip Derra, Director - Relations ans Strategic Communications at Arizona State University