A Mapping of Ecosystem Services in Quang Tri and Ha Tinh Provinces, Viet Nam
Goods and services provided by functioning ecosystems contribute directly and indirectly to human welfare and therefore represent a significant, yet often uncounted, portion of the total economic value of the landscape we live in. While there are many ways that humans can value their landscape, the ability to estimate the economic value of ecosystem goods and services provided by a landscape is increasingly recognized as 2
a valuable tool in weighing trade-offs in environmental decision-making and land-use planning.
This report summarizes the map produced during the study using existing and available secondary national level data, that clearly show key ecosystem services (ES) in the two pilot areas, Quang Tri and Ha Tinh provinces, including carbon, biodiversity (with the use of appropriate proxy measures), watershed areas and other measurable ES. This study was a part of the Forest Certification for Ecosystem Services (ForCES) project which aimed to expand FSC certification to include additional ES by researching, analyzing and field testing innovative ways of evaluating and rewarding the provision of critical ES. ForCES was tested across four countries: Viet Nam, Chile, Indonesia and Nepal.