• Event
  • Scientific training

Methods and tools for biodiversity and ecosystem services valuation and management

The invisible numbers behind ecosystems services

Start date:

11 September 2019

End date:

13 September 2019


08h30 - 17h30


Hotel Estelar, Parque de al 93, Calle 93 # 11-.19, Bogotá, Colombia


training@earlham.ac.uk or Email GROW Colombia team

If you prefer, there is also a Spanish version of the workshop programme, available to download here.

Registration deadline:

17 July 2019



About the event.

About the event

The GROW Colombia project, led by the Earlham Institute and funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), aims to strengthen and enhance the knowledge and protection of biodiversity in Colombia.

This workshop is part of the training programme of the GROW Colombia project and is organised in collaboration with local partners and the “BRIDGE Colombia” Network, established in 2017, and which brings together multiple partners from Colombia and the United Kingdom.

At this workshop, researchers from the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE) and the School of Economics at the University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK), together with Colombian colleagues will discuss a range of economic approaches and methods to value and protect biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Thirty motivated Colombian participants will be invited to attend the workshop. The aim will be to broaden their knowledge of economics tools and increase their ability to operate within the framework of national policies and legislation, such as the National Policy on Sustainable Production and Consumption (2010), National Biodiversity Policy, National Green Business Plan (2014), the decree defining methodologies for environmental economic assessment (2018) and the National Development Plan 2018-2022.

If you prefer, there is also a Spanish version of the workshop programme, available to download here.

What will I learn?

The workshop offers the opportunity to learn approaches to sustainability, the theory of value for ecosystem services and biodiversity (and natural capital), decision support systems (like cost-benefit analysis and the balance sheet approach), and economic tools for decision-making

By the end of the workshop you should:

  • Be familiar with key concepts such as natural capital and ecosystem services
  • Appreciate the ‘invisible’ contribution ecosystem services provide to the economy and human welfare
  • Learn about some of the methods used to quantify the value of biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Be familiar with socio-economic tools and methods to inform and enhance policy design, decision-making and natural capital management

Who is the workshop for?

This workshop hopes to attract students, professors and researchers from universities and research centres, plus public servants, companies, and other representatives of the National Environmental System (SINA) and the National Science Technology and Innovation System (CTel), legally constituted in Colombia.


Participants should have:

  • A genuine interest in environmental management and protection
  • Previous experience of managing and protecting the environment
  • A basic knowledge of quantitative analysis
  • A basic understanding and interest in economics
  • Basic knowledge of English*

*A basic knowledge of English would be a valuable skill but is not a requirement, as the workshop offers simultaneous translation and all material will be available in both English and Spanish.

How to apply:

You will be required to submit an application by Tuesday 16 July. As part of the registration process you will be asked to:

  • Answer the following three (3) questions (max 300 words):
    • How can this workshop contribute to the challenges you face in your current project/business?
    • How can you contribute to the dissemination within your organisation of the tools and methods of which you will learn about during this workshop?
    • What do you hope to gain from participating in the workshop
  • Attach a letter of support from your respective Department Director or equivalent figure and which will include your name, the dates of the workshop, details of your suitability to participate in the workshop, and contact details for the signatory
  • An up-to-date CV (max 2 pages)
  • Confirm that you agree to the expected behaviours and responsibilities (more information)

Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee and based on the applicant’s:

  • Experience and knowledge in the specific subject of the workshop
  • Ability to disseminate the tools and techniques learned within your organisation
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team, and with industry or government
  • Ability to communicate with delegates with different profiles and levels of experience

Successful applicants should expect to hear no later than 12 August. The decision of the selection committee is final, except in the case of administrative error.


Day 1 - 11 September 2019



08:00 - 08:30


08:30 - 08:45

Workshop opening, objectives and methodology

08:45 - 09:45

Environmental and ecological economics: what are we talking about?

09:45 - 10:45

Natural Capital and Ecosystem services and new attitude towards the environment (part I)

10:45 - 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 - 12:00

Natural Capital and Ecosystem services and new attitude towards the environment (part II)

12:00 - 13:00

Economic valuation I: background and techniques.
How do we estimate Nature's benefits?
The difference between price and value.

13:00 - 14:30

Lunch break

14:30 - 15:00

Economic valuation in Colombia

15:00 - 17:00

Decision support systems: a practical exercise with CBA

Day 2 - 12 September 2019



08:00 - 09:00

IPEBES meeting results

09:00 - 10:00

The complexity of cost-benefit analysis in the real world (e.g. environmental ethics, discounting and institutions)

10:00 - 10:15

Coffee break

10:15 - 12:00

The policy of environmental decision making: the Balance Sheet approach

12:00 - 13:00

Economic valuation II: pricing methods and production functions

13:00 - 14:30

Lunch break

14:30 - 16:30

Exercises on how to value ecosystem services

16:30 - 16:45

Coffee break

16:45 - 17:30

Questions and answers session

Day 3 - 13 September 2019



08:00 - 09:00

Economic valuation III: Revealed Preference methods

09:00 - 09:45

Economic valuation IV: Contingent valuation and stated preference approaches

09:45 - 10:00

Coffee break

10:00 - 12:00

Economic valuation V: Choice modelling

12:00 - 12:30

Valuation techniques for ESs valuation

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 - 15:00

Revealed and stated preference workshop: Practical exercises with RP and SP data

15:00 - 15:15

Workshop evaluation

Further information.

This event is kindly supported by the GROW Colombia project, which is led by the Earlham Institute and which is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

Expected behaviours 

Participants commit to:

  • Participate in ALL sessions of the workshop, between September 11 and 13 (full days).
  • Contribute constructively to the objectives of the workshop
  • Participate in the debate and development of the results
  • Respect all workshop participants 
  • Not reveal externally any confidential information presented during the event

In addition, participants accept that:

  • Any content created during the workshop is automatically licensed "Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International", which guarantees the dissemination of the results and the attribution of their respective authorship
  • For all legal purposes, the presentation of the online application implies authorization for the processing of your personal data, exclusively for the purposes of this call, by the Earlham Institute, according to the laws of management and protection of personal data of Colombia and the United Kingdom.
  • All information provided is true

Fees and accommodation.

The workshop will be held at Hotel ESTELAR Parque de la 93, Bogota, Colombia.

Registration is free of charge, however only thirty (30) applicants will be selected through this open call to participate in this workshop.

Selected participants from outside of Bogotá will have flight and accommodation costs covered directly by the Earlham Institute, or by reimbursement of expenses where agreed prior to booking by participants.