Advanced vocational training on valuation of ecosystem services for the Mediterranean

The one-week course was held in May in Zaragoza, Spain, and brought together more than 20 participants from Mediterranean countries

Teachers and students of the course at the CIHEAM facilities in Zaragoza, Spain. Photo: CIHEAM Zaragoza

The European Forest Institute Mediterranean Facility (EFIMED) organised, together with the host CIHEAM (International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Studies) and ICARDA, the advanced vocational training course “Valuation of Ecosystem Services”, held from 9 to 13 May 2022 in Zaragoza, Spain.

EFI Principal Scientist Sven Wunder acted as lecturer and on the organising committee. The week-long course, which mixed lectures with real and simulated field cases for group work, aimed to provide participants with a critical understanding of the purpose of valuing ecosystem services in different contexts and objectives.

The course reviewed the main methods and tools for valuing ecosystem services, their applicability and limitations, including their practical application in different policy frameworks.

Photo: CIHEAM Zaragoza Twitter – @CIHEAMZaragoza

EFIMED played a key role in supporting the logistics of the event, especially with financial support to participants wishing to participate in the course and coming from Mediterranean countries, both from the European and North African side.

Course presentation video (Sven Wunder – EFI)

Course presentation video (Sander Jacobs – INBO)

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EFIMED is the Mediterranean Facility of the European Forest Institute. Based in Barcelona, Spain, it was launched in 2007.