Focus of material:
Under the auspices of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) and the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs supported by Wolfs Company and MARES/Forest-Trends, the workshop “From Ecosystem Services Valuation to Action – Informing Decision Making in the Caribbean” was held on Bonaire on 16-18th September 2014. The primary objective of the workshop was to provide tools and knowledge for participants to design, implement (or manage), and communicate the results of their own socio-economic valuation studies. Communication strategies were also discussed, so as to ensure that the outputs of the valuation studies could be effectively disseminated and utilized. In addition, the participants were asked to provide one or more policy questions from their countries that could be addressed by ecosystem service valuation (e.g. costs/benefits of sustainable tourism development, arguments for extension of Marine Protected Areas, sustainable financing of conservation). These questions were grouped and worked through with experts during a session on the final day.