IUCN’s new infographic guides decision makers in selecting the ecosystem service tool(s) most applicable to their forest landscape restoration (FLR) project.
Restoring degraded and deforested land has become a global priority and a number of assessment tools are now available to quantify the ecosystem service trade-offs associated with FLR. Although these tools help decision makers in directing resources and investment, selecting appropriate tools from the growing range of options can be challenging.
To aid in this decision, the Restoration Ecosystem Service Tool Selector (RESTS) presents an adaptable framework that describes key characteristics of tools. Based on answers to three questions, RESTS suggests tools most suited to the FLR project and ranks them based on scalability, cost requirements, time requirements, uncertainty, and applicability to benefit-cost analysis.
Providing a step-by-step outline of RESTS, this infographic illustrates how decision makers are able to easily identify tools that can help quantify the ecosystem services in support of FLR.