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National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Project Description

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. The need 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 develop agriculture, ecosystem, and natural resource based indicators for planning and monitoring country scale progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. Working closely with the government ministries of the Volta and Nile basin countries, ecosystem- and natural resource-based indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals will be developed for Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ethiopia, and Kenya. Sustainability indicators will include novel evaluation measures for natural capital and ecosystem services. Indicators will be formulated to be of practical relevance to policymakers faced with making difficult decisions on large scale development opportunities and their impact on livelihoods, present and future. The Working Group meetings will include focused discussions 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. This project is supported by the Science for Nature and People (SNAP) initiative, generously funded through founding grants by Shirley and Harry Hagey, Steve and Roberta Denning, Seth Neiman, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Working Group Participants

Principal Investigator(s)

Fabrice DeClerck, David Cleary

Project Dates

Start: October 1, 2014

End: December 31, 2016

completed

Participants

Susan Abs
Eclipse Environmental Consulting Ltd.
Felix Addo-Yobo
National Development Planning Commission
Rachel Ajambo
Kilimo Trust
Alessandra Alfieri
United Nations Statistics Division
Ben Ampomah
Ghana Water Resources Commission
Sandy J. Andelman
Conservation International
Jennie Barron
Stockholm Environment Institute
Boubacar Barry
West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL)
Brian Belcher
Center for International Forestry Research
Charles Biney
Volta Basin Authority (VBA)
Toro Boro
Directorate General of Water (DGRE)
Kate Brauman
University of Minnesota
Karen Brooks
International Food Policy Research Institute
Bruce Campbell
Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR)
Rebecca Chaplin Kramer
Stanford University
Jeremy Cherfas
Julian Chow
United Nations
David Cleary
The Nature Conservancy
Sandra Corsi
Bioversity International
Samuel Dartey
Forestry Commission
Fabrice DeClerck
Bioversity International
Marie de Lattre-Gasquet
CGIAR Consortium Office
Robert Dessouassi
Niger Basin Authority
James Douglass
Stanford University
Ehsan Dulloo
Bioversity International
Thomas Elmqvist
Stockholm University
Jessica Fanzo
Columbia University
Alexander Fremier
Washington State University
Evan H. Girvetz
International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
Ann Jeannette Glauber
World Bank
Line Gordon
Stockholm University, Stockholm Resilience Center
Ivo Havinga
United Nations Statistics Division
Valentin Iogo
Volta Basin Authority (VBA)
Justin Johnson
University of Minnesota
Sarah Jones
Bioversity International
Carrie V. Kappel
University of California, Santa Barbara
Peter Kareiva
The Nature Conservancy
Bonnie Keeler
University of Minnesota
Birungi Korutaro
Kilimo Trust Head Quarters
Eszter Krasznai Kovacs
University of Cambridge
Glenn-Marie Lange
World Bank
John Latham
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Clara Makenya
United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)
Lisa A Mandle
Natural Capital Project
Nathaniel Matthews
International Water Management Institution
Ruth Meinzen-Dick
International Food Policy Research Institute
Mark Mulligan
King's College London
Shahid Naeem
Columbia University
Robert Nasi
Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR)
Bennett Nemser
Office of UN Secretary-General Special Envoy
Andrew Noble
International Water Management Institution
Patrick O'Farrell
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
Joseph Osiakwan
Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources
Cheryl Palm
Columbia University
Ravi Prabhu
International Centre for Research in Agroforestry
Lisa-Maria Rebelo
International Water Management Institution
Anita Regmi
Bioversity International
Matthias Reister
United Nations Statistics Division
Roseline Remans
Columbia University
Belinda Reyers
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
Todd Rosenstock
World Agroforestry Center
Robert J. Scholes
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
Abdulkarim H. Seid
Nile Basin Initiative
William Kolby Smith
University of Minnesota
Luis Solorzano
Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR)
James Stevenson
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Heather Tallis
Stanford University
Frank van Weert
Wetlands International
Michael Verdone
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Michael Victor
Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR)
Stephen A. Wood
Columbia University
Sylvia Wood
Columbia University
Georges Yameogo
National Council on Environment and Sustainable Development (SP/CONEDD)
Raphael Yeboah
Forestry Commission
Adolphe Zangre
Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security
Camilla Zanzanaini
Bioversity International
Wei Zhang
International Food Policy Research Institute

Products

  1. Report or White Paper / 2014

    Science for Nature and People (SNAP) project on making ecosystems count in the sustainable development goals: Report from the measuring natural capital workshop, 6-10 Oct 2014

  2. Report or White Paper / 2015

    Science for Nature and People (SNAP): Making ecosystems count in the sustainable development goals: Report from a modeling workshop, Santa Barbara, 13-16 April 2015

  3. Report or White Paper / 2015

    Making Ecosystems Count in the Sustainable Development Goals: Stakeholder Consultation Report 4 June 2015

  4. Report or White Paper / 2015

    Science for Nature and People (SNAP): Making ecosystems count in the sustainable development goals: Improving Usability of Outputs from a SDG-relevant ecosystem assessment toolkit 1-2 July 2015, Bioversity International, Rome, Italy

  5. Software / 2017

    MESH SDG V1.0

  6. Journal Article / 2015

    Ecosystems and human well-being in the sustainable development goals

  7. Journal Article / 2017

    Distilling the role of ecosystem services in the Sustainable Development Goals