Ecosystems provide many tangible benefits–or “ecosystem services”–to people around the world. WRI is helping governments, businesses, and multilateral development banks include these ecosystem services in their decision-making, with the ultimate goal of reducing ecosystem degradation around the world.
WRI works toward a world in which governments and businesses value and invest in ecosystems — forests, wetlands, coral reefs, etc. — in order to secure economic growth and people’s well being. Leaders take these actions because of the multiple services ecosystems provide, such as supplying and filtering freshwater, storing carbon, preventing erosion, reducing floods, and offering places for recreation. These actions complement traditional biodiversity conservation by restoring nature for people’s sake, not only for nature’s sake.
Our strategy is two-fold:
1. Provide decision-makers with information and assessment tools that link ecosystem health with the attainment of economic and social goals; and
2. Develop new markets, economic incentives, and public policies that restore and sustain ecosystems.
We focus our MESI work in the following areas:
Photo credits: Florence Landsberg, Lucy Ivango, Henry Bongyereirwe, Lauretta Burke, Miriam Godfrey (NIWA Science), Wan Hong