ValuES is a global project that aids decision-makers in recognizing and integrating ecosystem services into policy making, planning and implementation of specific projects. This is done by developing instruments and training courses, providing technical advice and facilitating planning and decision-making processes. Values also promotes knowledge-sharing via regional workshops and participation in global discussion forums.

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) as part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI), the ValuES project is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in close collaboration with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF).

The ValuES website offers a wealth of information and resources related with ecosystem services in three languages –English, Spanish and Russian- including:

ValuES Methods Navigator
The Methods Navigator contains profiles of a diverse range of methods, tools and sources for conducting policy-oriented ecosystem services assessments and valuations. Filters help you find a suitable selection of methods.

Case studies
studies You can find a collection of experiences in conducting ecosystem services assessments and valuations with the aim of improving policies and sectoral planning. You can learn more about each individual case study by reading a detailed overview, or in some cases, by exploring the case study in an interactive way.

ValuES has been supporting the Inter-Governmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The website offers a brief description of IPBES’ work and of ValuES’ engagement with the Platform as well as briefs on regional and thematic assessments’ results.