Tools in this family synthesise and assess knowledge relative to status, function, and drivers of nature, nature’s contributions to people, human well-being, and the connections between these. These include scenarios, management effectiveness evaluations, quantitative modelling, cost–benefit analysis, and trade-off analysis.

Natuurwaardeverkenner (Nature Value Explorer)

The nature value explorer is a free webbased tool that makes it possible to calculate the impact of a project on ecosystem services in a qualitative, biophysical and monetary way. It quickly assesses the impact and makes it possible to compare scenarios and discuss with stakeholders. The tool is spatially explicit for Flanders, Belgium. The user draws the case study area on a map and draws the different measures that are planned in the scenario. The tool collects the necessary input data from national maps and calculates the supply and value of different ecosystem services.

Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services (MAES) - Indicators

The second MAES report presents indicators that can be used at European and Member State's level to map and assess biodiversity, ecosystem condition and ecosystem services according to the Common International Classification of Ecosystem Services (CICES v4.3). This work is based on a review of data and indicators available at national and European level and is applying the MAES analytical framework adopted in 2013.

Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services (MAES) - Analytical framework

Action 5 of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 calls Member States to map and assess the state of ecosystems and their services in their national territory with the assistance of the European Commission. This document provides the basis for a common conceptual framework and a toolkit to ensure coherent mapping and assessment across Europe and across scales.

Global Transformation in the Mirror of the Ecosystemic Approach

Instead of isolating problems, an ecosystemic approach for the planning of public policies, research and teaching programmes, encompasses four dimensions of being-in-the-world (intimate, interactive, social and biophysical), as they combine, as donors and recipients, to induce the events (deficits/assets), cope with consequences (desired/undesired) and contribute for change (potential outputs). The proposal provides leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life.

Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT) for Research & Conservation Planning

IBAT for Research and Conservation Planning is an innovative tool designed to facilitate access to a range of global and national data layers, such as protected area boundaries, biological information about habitat and species diversity indices, and key areas for biodiversity, which can be useful for research and conservation planning purposes.

Key Biodiversity Areas

The World Database of Key Biodiversity AreasTM is managed by BirdLife International on behalf of the KBA Partnership. It hosts data on global and regional Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs), including Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas identified by the BirdLife International Partnership, Alliance for Zero Extinction sites, KBAs identified through hotspot ecosystem profiles supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, and a small number of other KBAs. The database was developed from the World Bird and Biodiversity Database (WBDB) managed by BirdLife International.

Protected Planet

Protected Planet is the online visual interface for the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA), a joint project of IUCN and UN Environment. The visual interface combines governmental, expert and general public opinions on protected areas. Protected Planet is the most up to date and complete source of information on protected areas. It is updated monthly with submissions from governments, non-governmental organizations, landowners and communities.

IUCN Red List of Ecosystems

The IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Categories and Criteria is a global standard for how we assess the conservation status of ecosystems, applicable at local, national, regional and global levels. The Red List of Ecosystems evaluates whether ecosystems have reached the final stage of degradation (a state of Collapse), whether they are threatened at Critically Endangered, Endangered or Vulnerable levels, or if they are not currently facing significant risk of collapse (Least Concern).

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ is the most comprehensive, objective database of the global conservation status of species. It evaluates the extinction risk of thousands of species and subspecies. The IUCN aims to have each species re-evaluated in a peer reviewed manner every five years if possible, or at least every ten years. It provides information about range, population size, habitat and ecology, use, trade, threats, and conservation actions.