NCEAS Project 12691

SNAP: Making ecosystems count in the Sustainable Development Goals

  • Fabrice DeClerck
  • Luis Solorzano

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Working Group6th—10th October 2014Participant List  

The dual challenge of providing for a growing and increasingly wealthy global population while protecting the environment calls for a dramatic paradigm shift in how we approach development. Growing calls for this transition is evident on numerous fronts including efforts of the private sector to account for natural capital; government initiatives with the World Bank to account for and value ecosystem services as a complement to GDP; a growing body of academic work on measuring, monitoring, and valuing ecosystem services; and the creation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem services. This SNAP working group will organize a series of four workshops aimed at developing agriculture, ecosystem, and natural resource based indicators for planning and monitoring country scale progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. We propose to work closely with the government ministries of the Volta and Nile basin countries in the development of ecosystem and natural resource based indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ethiopia, and Kenya). We will focus on indicators that are grounded in ecosystem sciences, that include novel evaluation measures for natural capital and ecosystem services, and that are formulated to be of practical relevance to policy makers faced with making difficult decisions on large scale development opportunities and their impact on livelihoods, present and future. The working group meetings will alternate between focused dialogues with high-level national stakeholders, synthetic work on ecosystem and resilience based measures of relevance to decision makers, and scenario analysis of key national scale development opportunities to test proposed indicators.