The main objective of this program is to contribute to the accounting of ecosystem services in countries in the Global South by enhancing the knowledge and empirical experience of valuing these services.

Areas of Contribution

The ESAforD project has so far developed methodologies and applications for valuation of:

  • Water purification services provided by forests,
  • Pollination services for crops, and
  • Urban green spaces.


The ESAforD project is an unprecedented seven-country ecosystem service valuation project developed in collaboration with EfD centers located in: Costa Rica, China, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, and Sweden, together with the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).