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This guide was developed for technical advisors to government officials, business people, investors, and others who need to draw on ecosystem assessments to inform decision-making. It assesses several types of ecosystem service modeling tool, discusses issues involved in modeling ecosystem services, and provides guidance on how to choose the right model to address a specific policy question. The guide outlined five steps to help decide which model to use in a particular decision-making context. It especially targets advisors and decision-makers in developing countries who are not experts in ecosystem service modeling and who have limited information and technical resources but must make decisions about natural resource management in relation to ecosystem services.

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A collaboration of World Resources Institute, United Nations Environment Programme, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

While the future is always uncertain, probable market scenarios are bounded by global trends.

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The PAGE reports analyze quantitative and qualitative information and develops indicators of the condition of the world's freshwater, coastal, forests, grassland and agroecosystems.

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Pilot Analysis of Global Ecosystems (PAGE): Coastal Ecosystems analyzes quantitative and qualitative information and develops selected indicators of the condition of the world's coastal ecosystems and marine fisheries.

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Using examples drawn from within the business community, Measuring Up demonstrates how environmental performance indices (EPIs) are already being used inside firms to drive improvements in resource efficiency, while increasing profitability.

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From the board room to the shop floor to the marketplace, business decisions are skewed when environmental costs are hidden. Common accounting practices hide these costs in two ways: by burying them in "non-environmental" accounts and by failing to link costs to the activities that spawn them.

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Under current national income accounting practices, assets such as buildings and equipment are valued as productive assets and depreciated over time; natural resource assets are not. This asymmetry is the way national assets are treated sends misleading signals to policymakers.

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