Integrating Ecosystem Values Into Cost-Benefit Analysis at USAID
Please join us for the next National Ecosystem Services Partnership’s (NESP) webinar, "Integrating Ecosystem Values Into Cost-Benefit Analysis at USAID," on Thursday, February 28, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. ET.
- Aaron Bruner (Conservation Strategy Fund)
- Jenny Kane (USAID Office of Forestry and Biodiversity)
- Paul Oliver (USAID Office of Economic Policy)
Ecosystems are fundamental to life on earth and provide goods and services that are critical to human well-being. Because ecosystem services are often unrecognized or difficult to value, however, they have not typically been considered in USAID-funded cost-benefit analyses. This puts USAID at risk of failing to identify key programming dependencies on natural ecosystems, or impacts on ecosystem services and development outcomes. Integrating ecosystem service valuations in CBAs at USAID offers an opportunity to identify and mitigate these impacts, and to design innovative programming that maintains and benefits from ecosystem services. To support this work, the USAID Offices of Forestry and Biodiversity and Economic Policy developed recommendations for including ecosystem service valuations into USAID CBAs, with the support of the USAID BRIDGE project and the Conservation Strategy Fund. This presentation will describe these recommendations and the motivations that led to them.