Nature's benefits are the basis of our well being
Nature provides us with everything. Ranging from sources of food and income, to a healthy living environment and an ally in mitigating climate change. These benefits are diverse, but often downright underestimated.
We create clear insight in the complexity of nature’s benefits. We assess the goods and services provided by our ecosystems, in short: Ecosystem Services. By quantifying these ecosystem services and their values for different stakeholders, we assess how people are affected by environmental degradation and demonstrate the socioeconomic importance of sustainable use.
Data for decision-making
Our data are a solid basis for transparent, sustainable and equitable decision-making. We build on a range of decision support tools. We use Scenario Analysis to assess socioeconomic effects of decisions and interventions that drive changes in landscapes and marine environments. And we use Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) to inform investment propositions, implementation of conservation financing mechanisms, sustainable development policies, and natural resource management. Captured in Geographic Information Systems and maps, the results of our research provide input for strategic spatial and marine planning.
In our hands-on workshops and training courses, we transfer our knowledge on the concept of ecosystem services and natural capital, and on strategic planning and decision-making processes concerning natural capital. This gives our clients the tools to present informed advice and decisions within their organizations and businesses.
Ecosystem values projects
Visitor experience and landscape preferences in the trilateral Wadden Sea region
Two studies undertaken by Wolfs Company have just been published by the Waddenacademie (see the newspost). Both of these studies harnessed the power of social media to identify patterns in nature and landscape appreciation in
Tourism benefits of the Cocos Marine Conservation Area in Costa Rica
Wolfs Company conducted a key study for the understanding of potential financing solutions for marine conservation in the Pacific Ocean in Costa Rica. By investigating the willingness to pay of tourists for an enhanced protection
Targeted Scenario Analysis of the forest sector in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan’s commitment to large increase of forest cover in the country In 2013, Kazakhstan government approved the policy to initiate and complete the transition to a ‘green economy’ by 2050. In this context, the strategic
Targeted Scenario Analysis (TSA) of cocoa and palm oil production in Peru
The Amazon landscapes, at a crossroads The Government of Peru, assisted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP- Green Commodities Programme), strives to boost an integrated approach to manage Amazonian productive landscapes, backing the inclusion
Valuating ecosystem services in the Sebou River Basin, Morocco
The Sebou Basin Wolfs Company, on behalf of WWF-Morocco and in partnership with Wetlands International, studied the value and distribution of ecosystem services in the Sebou Basin in Morocco. The Sebou Basin is an important
Holding back the flood – the impact of water infrastructure projects on the Inner Niger Delta floodplain
Water infrastructure projects in the Niger River Wolfs Company, in partnership with Wetlands International, Altenburg & Wymenga and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), performed an impact analysis of the effects of water infrastructure