A National Assessment of Namibia’s Ecosystem Services
The first volume of the Namibia TEEB Study aimed to produce a nation-wide spatial assessment of ecosystem services. It aimed to demonstrate the economic value of ecosystems and their services which is crucial in order to ensure that adequate policies and actions are taken to prevent over-exploitation and degradation of ecosystems and their ability to deliver important ecosystem services. Understanding the spatial distribution of these different ecosystem values also helps prioritise areas for intervention and/or support. It also assists in understanding who the beneficiaries of healthy ecosystems are and therefore who stands to lose the most if these ecosystems are not kept in a functioning state.