The Value of The World's Ecosystem Services

The Value of The World's Ecosystem Services

The world's ecosystem services are critical to the functioning of the Earth's life-support system, contributing to human welfare and representing part of the total economic value of the planet. The entire biosphere is estimated to be worth an average of US$33 trillion per year. Global gross national product total is around US$18 trillion per year. The services of ecological systems and the natural capital stocks that produce them are critical to the functioning of the Earth's life-support system. They contribute to human welfare, both directly and indirectly, and therefore represent part of the total economic value of the planet. We have estimated the current economic value of 17 ecosystem services for 16 biomes, based on published studies and a few original calculations. For the entire biosphere, the value (most of which is outside the market) is estimated to be in the range of US$16-54 trillion (10'2) per year, with an average of US$33 trillion per year. Because of the nature of the uncertainties, this must be considered a minimum estimate. Global gross national product total is around US$18 trillion per year. Still think the environment is less valuable than business? Think again.

You can click on the cover image of The Value of the World's Ecosystem Services and Natural Capital to read it or download it for safe keeping and sharing with others. You can also begin reading it below, though it may take a minute to load in your browser depending on the speed of your internet connection.

The Value of the World's Ecosystem Services and Natural Capital

Download the PDF Here


Myriad Greeyn is proud to be certified by the Center for Veterans Enterprise as a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business.