Valuing biodiversity and ecosystem services – an introduction

In this topic, we provide an overview of the consequences and causes of biodiversity loss, a description of the range of ecosystem services that nature provides, and an introduction to the concept of economic valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services.
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 Languages: EN  Estimated effort: 45 min/activity
 Course type: Self-paced e-learning module Partners: UNDP, NBSAP ForumGEFCBD, UNEP

In this topic, we provide an overview of the consequences and causes of biodiversity loss, a description of the range of ecosystem services that nature provides, and an introduction to the concept of economic valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Each activity in this topic takes about 45 minutes to complete. You can explore individual topics as they best fit your learning needs. Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • Describe the extent of recent biodiversity loss, and explain how the undervaluation of biodiversity and ecosystem services contributes to this loss
  • Define ecosystem services and describe a range of examples
  • Explain what economic valuation means and why it is important
  • Describe what international agreements have taken place regarding economic valuation and why they are important

Course Completion Requirements

To receive the certificate of course completion you must complete the two “Check for Understanding” activities and the course survey.

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Course Includes

  • 8 Modules
  • 7 Activities
  • Course Certificate
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Vasileia Chatzaki

Hi I am trying to submit activity 5 (check for understanding) and It can be submitted, so I can’t continue the course. Can you help me, please?

Julie Kapuvari

Dear Vasilieia,
I have viewed your completion on this course and it seems that you have submitted the first Questions for Reflection and all you need to do now is continue to the next activity “Overview of Economic Valuation of Ecosystems.” Please email us at [email protected] if you still face issues with completing Lesson 3. Thank you!