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Project title

Geographic Ecosystem Monitoring and Assessment Service Project

Overview

The G-ECO-MON – Geographic Ecosystem Monitoring and Assessment Service project aims to extend the use of EO based information for multiple applications. These could include impact assessments, supply chain management, ecosystem management, payment for ecosystem services, natural wealth accounting, emergency management or public policy. This will be achieved through an assessment of the market for EO applications carried out by an international project consortium combining world-class expertise in EO services customised for land, coastal and marine ecosystems together with in-depth knowledge on the needs of corporate, investor, NGO and governmental users. Users and stakeholders are a representative group of interested individuals and organisations, including developers of ecosystem service standards and the verification community, financial institutions or funds with an interest in this emerging approach, corporate investors and market makers, as well as the environmental research community, NGOs and trade associations involved in this evolving market.

In the first phase of the project an intensive user engagement takes place where a review of the needs and potential applications of EO products, through individual interviews and two workshops, is conducted. The second phase of the project will demonstrate through case studies, spanning the range of ecosystem services, how stakeholders can receive customised, best-practice EO services that meet their operational needs and conditions; these services will be assessed in terms of their impact, benefits and utility. The project will also support the integration of EO based information in standardised models and evaluation protocols for ecosystem service assessment.

Description

In total 15 demonstration studies are carried out that spread over various geographic regions targeting marine, coastal and land ecosystems and their services.

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G-ECO-MON Demonstration studies:

  • Project: Ecosystem Values Assessment & Accounting (EVA) Location: San Martin, Peru  
  • Project: Forest Law Enforcement and Governance Programme (ENPI FLEG) 
  • Project: Protecting Marine Ecosystem Services
  • Project: Using Earth observation data to support biomass resource assessment and monitoring for sustainable rural electrification

  • Project: Taking the pulse of a real tiger economy: Mapping and monitoring threats, biodiversity and ecosystem services

  • Project: Landscapes for people, food and nature: strengthening capacity for civil society to scale up integrated agricultural landscape management in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania

  • Project: Chaudière-Appalaches Pilot Ecosystem Account

  • Project: UNEP Eco-DRR pilot project in Bamyan, Afghanistan Location: Koh-e Baba Mountains of Bamyan Province, Afghanistan

  • Project: Philippines Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services - WAVES 

  • Project: Sky Rainforest Rescue

Ecoserve Demonstration studies:

  • World Wilde Fund of nature in Germany
  • Forest Stewardship Council and SNV
  • Forest Stewardship and WWF- Indonesia
  • Puerto Morelos Reef National Park and Institute of Marine Sciences and Limnology
  • Australian Museum and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service


Products

Terrestrial Ecosystems Products descriptions:

Aquatic Ecosystems Products descriptions:

Partners
  • Geoville
  • Metria
  • Argans
  • Eyre Consulting Ltd
  • Irbaris

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