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Mapping Ecosystem Services: Overview

Aim of the resource

Maps are useful for analysing, interpreting and communicating ecosystem service data. They can show diverse aspects (where are services supplied/used) and show connections with land use, or exposure to threats.

Using the resource
Requirements for using the resource:
<p><u><strong>Time/cost:</strong></u><br />
• Depends entirely on purpose, scope, expertise and data quality/availability, i.e. from days to months.</p>

<p><u><strong>Expertise:</strong></u><br />
• Experience in working with GIS software is helpful.</p>

<p><u><strong>Equipment:</strong></u><br />
• Dependent on purpose; GPS and GIS software (e.g. QGIS, ArcGIS) is always necessary.</p>
Assessment of effectiveness of the tool or instrument
<p>See Mapping Ecosystem Services - Method profile (down below in "links").</p>
Contact details

Mapping ecosystem services can show supply, demand, trends and other aspects relating to ecosystem services. There are various techniques for making maps. Several mapping themes are described in this method brief. Manuals, guidelines, and databases are proposed which offer different kinds of guidance on this topic.


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