Mapping ecosystem services can show supply, demand, trends and other aspects relating to ecosystem services. There are various techniques for making maps. Several mapping themes are described in this method brief. Manuals, guidelines, and databases are proposed which offer different kinds of guidance on this topic.

Aim of the resource: 

Maps are useful for analysing, interpreting and communicating ecosystem service data. They can show diverse aspects (where are services supplied/used) and show connections with land use, or exposure to threats.

Using the resource
Requirements: 

Time/cost:
• Depends entirely on purpose, scope, expertise and data quality/availability, i.e. from days to months.

Expertise:
• Experience in working with GIS software is helpful.

Equipment:
• Dependent on purpose; GPS and GIS software (e.g. QGIS, ArcGIS) is always necessary.

Assessment of effectiveness of the product/item: 

See Mapping Ecosystem Services - Method profile (down below in "links").

Implementation time: 
Several months
Contact details
Contact Name: 
GIZ ValuES
Resources
Author: 
Dominik Wiehl, Augustin Berghöfer (UFZ), 2014/07