Description

Is money spent on nature conservation, landscape restoration, and sustainable land management a cost or an investment with a high return in benefits? This can be analysed, quantified, and where possible, monetised in a 9-step methodology as provided and shown in this article.

The article applies the methodology to a landscape restoration initiative in the Altiplano region in Eastern Andalusia, Spain. Here, the AlVelAl Association promotes 4 Returns restoration initiatives and supports businesses and farms that implement the Almendrehesa concept: a multi-functional land use system. The article compares this system (‘combined zone’) to conventional almond monoculture, determining their ecosystem services and associated positive and negative externalities, and calculating the private and public economic values.

The results show that converting (‘restoring’) conventional almond production into sustainable, multifunctional land use (Almendrehesa) increases the value of the land by 1,000 €/ha. For a farm or landscape of 1,000 ha, this means that an investment of 1,000,000 euro would have paid itself back, in terms of land value increase, after 20 years at a 5% discount rate.

Therefore, this article clearly shows that ecosystem restoration can be a valuable investment. This can be assessed for your own case as well using the methodology in this article. Calculating the ‘true price’ or value of the provision of goods or services into the market-mechanism will lead to more fair competition in the market and opening up many business opportunities.

An article in SER (Society for Ecological Restoration) News by Rudolf de Groot, Associate Professor Environmental System Analysis (ESAWUR) and Chair Ecosystem Services Partnership, and Simon Moolenaar (PhD), Head of Science & Education at Commonland. See also the Ecosystem Services Partnership guidelines for Integrated Ecosystem Services Assessment for further information and more detailed guidance.

 

View tool

1173 members are now active on 4returns.earth, connecting, sharing their field experiences, and creating new opportunities and initiatives together.

Join us by signing up as a member, or follow our work in the newsletter

Related Tools

All tools

A buyer’s guide to soil carbon offsets

toolbox

guide

doing business, finding funds, learning and impact, regenerating farms, restoring nature

No reviews

Ecosystem Services Valuation Database (ESVD)

toolbox

mapping & analytical tool

finding funds, learning and impact

No reviews

explorer.land

toolbox

communication tool, mapping & analytical tool

finding funds, inspiring community, mobilising people, partnering, regenerating farms, restoring nature

No reviews

More related resources

The Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve

landscapes

Mexico (Querétaro)

Active since: 1987

doing business, finding funds, governance and stewardship, inspiring community, learning and impact, mobilising people, partnering, regenerating farms, restoring nature

The evolving role of green and blue infrastructure as refuges during a pandemic

events

online event – 29 October 2020

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM GMT

doing business, inspiring community, learning and impact, mobilising people, partnering, restoring nature

LEOS

organisations

Haiti (Lwès)

doing business, inspiring community, learning and impact

Global Canopy

organisations

United Kingdom (England)

finding funds, restoring nature

Tag a friend?