The ESAForD project is a seven-country ecosystem service valuation project developed in collaboration with the Environment for Development (EfD) centers in Costa Rica, China, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, and Sweden. The project aims to contribute to the development of ecosystem service accounting by enhancing the knowledge and empirical experience around valuing ecosystem services.
ESAForD generates practical, policy-relevant results to support improved ecosystem management in each country. Valuation results and methodologies are consistent with the national accounting systems in each country, and can contribute to the development of standardized guidelines for the system of national accounts. The results can also support ongoing efforts at the UN Statistics Division (UNSD), the World Bank's Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services project (WAVES), and several countries' efforts to enhance conventional Gross Domestic Product (GDP) measurement to more comprehensively account for the economic contributions of nature.
The directly comparable valuation methodologies and estimates from seven different countries will help to generate unique evidence to help better understand the economic, institutional, and ecological drivers of the value of ecosystem services.