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WP 5: Assessment of economic tools
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Summary
In summary, the project will fill a current gap in knowledge of how the values of wetlands are perceived, the tools to estimate those values, and the role of communities in that. Through integrating the social, natural and economic sciences the project will evaluate tradeoffs inherent in an ecosystems-based approach to wetland management. Within this framework the role of all users, including women, youth and other marginalised users, such as pastoralists, will be a focus of the work be applied to estimate wetlands budgets, and indicators of regulating services such as nutrient cycles. Information gathered from a) local communities, b) local and regional policy makers, and c) the project team members, will estimate non-use values. Multi-criteria analysis will be used to rank the local, regional and global importance of the wetlands, which will guide stakeholder discussions and workshops to support estimates of TEV and development of trade-offs scenarios. The work will evaluate the role of all sections of the community, including women and youth in wetland activities and economy. Gender is included as a key research variable. Getting the tacit knowledge of local females can support the research and can lead to providing facts that can support the change of policies and ecosystems management approaches that can be of benefit for both males and females communities of farmers, fishermen and pastoralists. A comprehensive analysis of the views of women and youth's perspective of valuation and ecosystem services will be an integral component in the research and tradeoffs scenarios, with careful attention to community inclusivity in the research.
The expected outcomes of the project will be: Application and use of appropriate economic tools for each wetland; Increased international and regional research capacity for ecosystems valuation; improved decision making on ecosystems management taking into consideration the tradeoffs based on economic valuation tools; and changed practices of local communities in using ecosystems services and principles of wise use to guide economic efficiency and sustainable wetland use; empowered women within the local communities and strengthening their access to decision making, improving their access to water, land and ecosystems


These outputs will contribute to sustainable development of wetlands in the Nile Basin through:
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The project Nile Ecosystems Management: wetlands valuation and wise-Use (Nile-Eco-VWU) is a regional project to develop and test integrated tools for ecosystem services, valuation, and assessment that can be applied at local and regional scales within the Nile Basin. Wetlands are considered the most biologically diverse of all ecosystems. The swamps, marshes, seasonally inundated grasslands, swamp forests, floodplains and the wetland edges of lakes and rivers of the Nile Basin provide a wealth of services not only for the immediate users but also offer wider catchment and global benefits. The steady and ongoing decline of wetland extent and quality of wetlands in the Nile basin will lead to a further net decrease of overall value, unless managed with greater focus taking into account total economic value that includes measurements of direct use, indirect-use and non-use. These aspects are covered in looking at wetlands with a wider ecosystems-services approach that includes assessment of so-called Regulating, Habitat and Cultural Services, as well as direct use Provisioning services.
Guided by the methodology of the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity reports (http://www.teebweb.org/areas-of-work/biome-studies/teeb-for-water-and-wetlands), and those of the Wet-Health (www.wrc.org.za)and TESSA toolkit for rapid assessment of wetlands of biodiversity conservation importance, the project will review and apply appropriate ecosystem and economic methods to support local and regional understanding and decision making for wetland management. This will provide a more evidence-based policy and management to evaluate tradeoffs of different ecosystems services in relation to agricultural, urban and infrastructural development. Better understanding of the consequences of decisions for ecosystem services, will help optimise wetland use for Total Economic Value (TEV), to ultimately contribute to better livelihoods of local communities dependent on wetlands, and local and regional policy making and implementation.

The selection of individual wetlands for more detailed work will follow review of the baseline material, and the opportunities for an enabling environment conducive to the objectives of the research and established or good opportunities for involvement of local communities and regional policy makers. Field survey, involving the communities and led by local partners to the project, will assess

a) Water balance,
b) Wetland habitat structure, and
c) Provisioning services of the wetlands.

Hydrological models will be applied to estimate wetlands budgets, and indicators of regulating services such as nutrient cycles. Information gathered from a) local communities, b) local and regional policy makers, and c) the project team members, will estimate non-use values. Multi-criteria analysis will be used to rank the local, regional and global importance of the wetlands, which will guide stakeholder discussions and workshops to support estimates of TEV and development of trade-offs scenarios. The work will evaluate the role of all sections of the community, including women and youth in wetland activities and economy. Gender is included as a key research variable. Getting the tacit knowledge of local females can support the research and can lead to providing facts that can support the change of policies and ecosystems management approaches that can be of benefit for both males and females communities of farmers, fishermen and pastoralists. A comprehensive analysis of the views of women and youth's perspective of valuation and ecosystem services will be an integral component in the research and tradeoffs scenarios, with careful attention to community inclusivity in the research.

The expected outcomes of the project will be: Application and use of appropriate economic tools for each wetland; Increased international and regional research capacity for ecosystems valuation; improved decision making on ecosystems management taking into consideration the tradeoffs based on economic valuation tools; and changed practices of local communities in using ecosystems services and principles of wise use to guide economic efficiency and sustainable wetland use; empowered women within the local communities and strengthening their access to decision making, improving their access to water, land and ecosystems


These outputs will contribute to sustainable development of wetlands in the Nile Basin through:


1- Improved knowledge and awareness base of local, regional and transboundary wetland ecosystems
2- Evaluation and guidance of appropriate use of economic valuation tools for wetlands in the Nile basin
3- Better decision making for optimising wetland use
4- Linking experiences of partners and communities within and across the project, to inform international practice through regional and international knowledge networks, including the International Operating Partners of the Ramsar Convention
5- Locally developed technical manuals and locally relevant policy briefs
6- Awareness raising at community-led events using audio-visual packages for local communities
7- Tradeoff scenarios for wise use of ecosystems, based on the project's case studies; and 8- A comprehensive report on the role of gender and youth for wetland ecosystem services and valuation

In summary, the project will fill a current gap in knowledge of how the values of wetlands are perceived, the tools to estimate those values, and the role of communities in that. Through integrating the social, natural and economic sciences the project will evaluate tradeoffs inherent in an ecosystems-based approach to wetland management. Within this framework the role of all users, including women, youth and other marginalised users, such as pastoralists, will be a focus of the work
The project is funded by and is part of
WLE Nile and East Africa
Regional programme.