2 - Ecosystem Services - A Decision Support Tool

One of the most interesting projects the Transboundary Consulting Africa was involved with was the development of a decision support model for the Department of Environmental Affairs of South Africa. The aim was to develop a GIS based database of public domain information dealing with ecosystem services.

This information was collected in a way that would allow for interrogation and scale adjustments in a web based format. It faced many challenges and the end result illustrated the usefulness of the GIS as well as the overall approach to ecosystem services. If all of the high value ecosystem service sites in South Africa were protected through conservation as a form of land use, the overall distribution of parks would be very different today.

I have attached a technical review but a more detailed PPT version can be downloaded on request.

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