VANTAGE Workshop: The VANTAGE Workshop will take place in Nairobi on 3-4 December, 2013 Valuation and accounting of natural capital are key tools to effectively measure, assess and report on the impacts of the changing environment and ecosystems on human well-being. The VANTAGE Conference, being held in partnership with the African Union Commission, the United Nations Statistical Division, the World Bank and the Government of Kenya, will focus on discussing the critical role of valuation and accounting of natural capital for promoting green economy policies in Africa. The specific objectives of this VANTAGE Conference are to; Demonstrate the rationale and evidence-base of valuation and accounting of natural capital in the context of the green economy, highlighting merits of valuation and accounting towards achieving the green economy; Build consensus among policy makers on the need for valuation and accounting of natural capital, especially in the African region; Discuss and develop an overall plan to implement valuation and accounting of natural capital in selected countries; Promote sharing of information and lessons learned from various ongoing initiatives in the field of valuation and accounting of natural capital; and Contribute to capacity development among high-level government officials in the field of valuation and accounting of natural capital towards achieving the green economy. Ministers of Environment, Planning and Finance, senior government officials and key decision makers from countries in Africa, as well as prominent experts in related fields  will be present at the meeting. After the two-day deliberations, the meeting is expected to agree on the outcome document which will guide the follow-up efforts in the African region in further promoting valuation and accounting of natural capital. For more information:

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The Proecoserv Newsletter brings together a number of different project news, stories and features updates on all areas of Proecoserv activity for the international community.



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carries a podcast, ES-Talk, hosted by Pushpam Kumar, Chief of Ecosystem Services Economics Unit, UNEP. The podcast is designed as one-on-one discussions with a mix of authors, professors, decision makers, leaders of international decision making and businesses. The podcast explores how ecological economics emerge in development policy making. The topicsare on the role of natural capital in development.


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proecoserv 2The Project for Ecosystem Services(ProEcoServ) is a GEF-funded umbrella project aiming at piloting the bundling of ecosystem services and the integration of ecosystem services approaches into resource management and decision making. The overall goal of the project is to better integrate ecosystem assessment, scenario development and economic valuation of ecosystem services into sustainable national development planning.        

Building on studies undertaken as part of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA), five countries will focus on a) site-specific assessments; b) close involvement of national and local stakeholders; and c) tools, models and methods for decision makers and policy implementation to mainstream ecosystem management approaches into national development policies.

ProEcoServ combines three distinct but linked components:

Support Tools for Policy Making: Development and application of multi-scale and locally valid tools and decision support models for development planning and policy making.

Assistance for Policy Implementation: Support for the application of ecosystem and ecosystem service management approaches at national and transboundary levels.

Bridge between Science and Policy: Strengthening of science-policy interfaces to reinforce multi-scale linkages from local to international actors, as well as to bridge the gap between research results and policy application in developing countries and the international biodiversity arena.








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second sc logoThe Second ProEcoServ Steering Committee Meeting will convene from 8-10 May, 2013, in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

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