Ecosystem services are often undervalued because they are free public goods and businesses may not benefit directly from producing them. As a result, these services are under supplied. In their place, socioeconomic costs from air and water pollution, natural resource depletion, and flood damage rise. What are the options, how do we evaluate them, and who is affected? We help decision makers answer these questions, define policy options, and build models to evaluate the impacts on industries, economies, and communities.
Silver Lining Institute uses generally accepted quantification methods to analyze the socioeconomic value of ecosystem service benefits, which is an integral part of ecological damage assessment and payment for ecosystem service (PES) trading. Each method applies to a given set of circumstances and valuation need.