Working Group:Ecosystem Services and Key Biodiversity Areas
Biodiversity loss is accelerating around the world. To support management decisions that account for biodiversity, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has led the development of a global standard for the identification of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs). While the criteria for KBA identification are based solely on biodiversity characteristics, the standard also recommends that the documentation for each KBA include the ecosystem services and human well-being benefits of the site. Unfortunately, existing tools and methods for documenting, measuring and valuing ecosystem services have been deployed in only a fraction of existing KBAs.