The Tropical Biology Association (TBA) is leading in building capacity of natural resource managers to evaluate services provided by ecosystems they manage.For the first time in Africa, we introduced the‘Toolkit for Ecosystem Services Site based Assessments (TESSA) and guided it’s trials in Burundi, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Madagascar, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Happening in forests, miombo woodland, grasslands, wetlands and coastal mangroves habitats, the trials revealed that the toolkit can be reliably applied to assess the benefits people receive from nature.
While introducing the toolkit, the TBA provided African conservation practitioners an opportunity to contribute to its development for wider use. The result is a freely accessible,easy to use toolkit, which works both in the office and in the field.
We invite conservation practitioners as well as natural resource managers, land-use planners, and development organisations to download the toolkit at http://tessa.tools/ and use it to assess these 7 services:
- Global climate regulation
- Flood protection
- Water provision
- Water quality improvement
- Harvested wild goods
- Cultivated goods
- Nature-based recreation.
By using it, you will contribute to the global need for data to help improve understanding of trends in ecosystem services decline resulting from the widespread degradation of natural resources, and guide management decisions in your country, and beyond.
Finally, share your experience with us!