GSDP Course on Valuation of ecosystem goods and services
5th– 19th AUGUST 2018

Organised by
Indian Institute of Science, ENVIS centre – Western Ghats Biodiversity and Ecology, CES,
EMPRI, Envis Centre, Bangalore

Course Schedule
Day 1 and 2
Ecosystems, basic characteristics of ecosystems, Levels of Organisation: From Species to Ecosystems, Types of ecosystems - Introduction
Forest Ecosystems: Importance, types of forests, functioning of forest ecosystem…
Day 2
Vegetation sampling techniques – field data collection
Day 3
Maps, cartography, Geographic information system
Day 4
Spatial data – Introduction, brief introduction to Remote sensing, GIS
Day 5
Remote sensing data classification - Assessment of different land uses
Day 6
Field Data collection – Quantification of biomass (transect based quadrat sampling)
Day 7
Carbon sequestration, quantification of carbon sequestered in the terrestrial biomass
Day 7
Understanding pollination services, seed dispersal services, groundwater recharge…
Day 8
Soil – types, characterization, soil degradation, conservation and management
Day 9
Watershed, flood plains, buffer zone – treatment and management
Day 10
Understanding vegetation, hydrology, ecology and biodiversity linkages
Day 11
Quantification of Ecosystem Goods and Services
Day 12
Valuation of Goods and Services
Day 13
Regulating Services from Forest Ecosystem, Information services
Day 14
Field data collection – quantification
Day 15
Guest lectures and presentation of working group (participants)


Details GSDP course on “Valuation of ecosystem goods and services”
GSDP Course conducted by:
Indian Institute of Science, ENVIS centre – Western Ghats Biodiversity and Ecology, CES
EMPRI, Envis Centre, Bangalore
Title of the Course:
Certificate Course in: the “valuation of ecosystem goods and services”
Forest ecosystems are critical habitats for diverse biological diversity and perform array of ecological services that provide food, water, shelter, aesthetic beauty, etc. Valuation of the services and goods provided by the forest ecosystem would aid in the micro level policy design for the conservation and sustainable management of ecosystems. Main objective is to value the ecosystems goods and services. This involves assessment of total economic value (TEV) of the ecosystem considering provisioning, regulating, supporting and information services provided by the ecosystem.
Class room briefing and sessions – one week training programme
Duration of the Course:
No. of Months/No. of Hours: 15 days, 105 hours
No. of Students per Batch:
Total strength of Students in one Batch: 25-40 (depending on the budget). Will allow few local students who do not require accommodation on campus
No. of Batches per Year:
Total No. of Training Programmes in a year: 1 (depends on the budget and response to the first announcement)
Fees (if proposed)
Fees (Registration/Course) if any: No fee for the individuals selected by the ministry and forest department (/government)
Course Leaflet
Brochure/Leaflet of the proposed GSDP Course (if draft readily available)
Available at

T.V. Ramachandra
Energy & Wetlands Research Group , Centre for Ecological Sciences,
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012, India
Phone- 080-22933503 extn 107
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