This course will teach participants how to apply two ecosystem service assessment tools, WaterWorld and Co$ting Nature developed by policysupport.org.
WaterWorld and Co$ting Nature are sophisticated tools for the mapping of ecosystem services baselines and the impacts of climate change, land use change or land and water management scenarios or interventions. Both tools are process-based spatial models driven by extensive spatial databases and remote sensing and are applicable globally at spatial resolutions of 1-square-km for national scale studies and 1-hectare for local scale studies. The tools are provided with all the data required for analysis anywhere globally but if users have access to better data from local sources these can be used instead. The tools have a long history and a large body of users internationally.
These ecosystem service assessment tools have been applied extensively in the basin during the Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) TAI project focusing on modelling ecosystem services to and from small reservoir systems in the basin. Examples from the project will be used during the course.
This half-day course will start with an explanation of the theoretical foundations of the tools to be followed by four practical classes.
In the first class, attendees will apply the Co$ting Nature tool to map conservation priority in all or part of the Volta basin on the basis of realized ecosystem services (water, carbon, tourism, hazard mitigation), biodiversity and endemism, current pressure and future threat.
In the second class, we will apply the WaterWorld tool to examine the hydrological baseline for the Volta basin and understand the impacts of scenarios for climate or land use change on hydrological ecosystem services.
This course is particularly well-suited to policy-makers, researchers, students and NGOs working on land use planning or sustainable development.
No prior knowledge of the tools is necessary, but some experience of using the Firefox web-browser and Google Earth is useful.
For more information on WaterWorld and Co$ting Nature tools, see http://www.policysupport.org/
Date and Time
Avenue de la ZAD (500 m west of SIAO)
Quartier ZAD-II Secteur 24 (ex, 30)
Ouagadougou, Centre Region