Measuring and Monitoring the Impacts of Eco-Compensation and Payment for Ecosystem Service (PES) Programmes
The presentation of UNEP-WCMC PRC representative, Meng Han, covered three broad areas about measuring and monitoring biodiversity and ecosystem services, and related these to the different aspects of eco-compensation and payment for ecosystem services (PES). The first part focused on ecosystem service mapping, highlighting how this can help inform eco-compensation/PES planning by looking at where the restoration or protection of natural habitats can have the greatest net benefit. The second part discussed the practical measurement of biodiversity and ecosystem services in the context of eco-compensation/PES, briefly highlighting approaches which can help in the development of indicators and measures of success. The third part examined ideas related to securing the benefits of eco-compensation/PES in the long term. Meng Han went on to consider the benefits of investing in ecosystem and the relevance of natural capital in deriving wider support for eco-compensation/PES in the context of increasing competition for resources.