This article was originally published on the Irish Forum on Natural Capital


“Before you can value nature, you need to know what benefits it’s providing, and how it provides them. The National Parks and Wildlife Service has recently completed a pilot study to map some of the potential stocks of Ireland’s ecosystem services. Gemma Weir (NPWS) discusses the project’s progress to date.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service recently completed a project to map and assess a selection of Ireland’s ecosystem services. We did this in response to the EU Biodiversity Strategy, in which the European Commission called on Member States (under Target 2, Action 5) to:

  • Map and assess the state of ecosystems and their services in their national territory
  • Assess the economic value of such services
  • Promote the integration of these values into accounting and reporting systems at EU and national level

​In doing so, the Strategy aims to support the achievement of over-arching aims around No Net Loss of biodiversity, green infrastructure, the prioritisation of restoration, and biodiversity-proofing the plans and policies of other sectors…”

Read on at: the Irish Forum on Natural Capital.