Mapping and Valuing Ecosystem Services for Integrated Management
By: Gregg Verutes
Organisation: Belize Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute (CZMAI)
Location: coastal Belize
27 August 2015
Team members © CZMAI
Summary: Ecosystem services were mapped and valued in a participatory process that included designing spatially-explicit scenarios of future human uses throughout Belize’s coastal zone. To understand the implications of different development scenarios, the team used InVEST models to map future value of coastal protection, recreation, and fisheries services. The resulting Plan can help the people of Belize plot a wiser course for managing the incredibly valuable resources their ocean and coast provide.