Benefits transfer, or more generally value transfer refers to applying quantitative estimates of ecosystem service values from existing studies to another context. You take value estimates from a study site and apply them with adjustments to a policy site where time or resource constraints preclude the possibility of doing a primary valuation study. In the value transfer literature values have generally been understood to be monetary estimates of benefits or costs. Value transfer is not one specific method, but a continuum of approaches depending on the information available.

Aim of the resource: 
<p>Often, value transfer is used for screening in a benefit-cost analysis of project or policy alternatives.</p>
Scale of application: 
Practical information
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Development stage: 
Full, working product
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Contact Name (Person or group/organization): 
David N. Barton