Global Synthesis Report

The true value of ecosystems is frequently misrepresented in markets and economic decision-making, says a UNEP report.

The Global Synthesis Report, published by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)  in September 2015 highlights findings of the four-year ProEcoServ, a project aimed at integrating the economic value of ecosystems into government policies.
ProEcoServ is the flagship project of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

According to UNEP, the project has identified almost one billion dollars of benefits in four pilot countries, thus  highlighting the importance of ecosystem conservation to the recently adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
ProEcoServ assessed ecosystem services such as water, soil retention, shoreline protection, carbon sequestration and pollination in South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Vietnam and Chile.

Crucially, the project developed ecosystem assessment tools and products to be used by policymakers to assess the value of ecosystems and to integrate this value into investment decisions and macro-economic models. ProEcoServ left a lasting legacy in the pilot countries in their spheres of governance, ranging from local, provincial, national and regional levels.


More information:

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment

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