A decision framework for identifying models to estimate forest ecosystem services gains from restoration

To facilitate the selection of tools for the quantification of ecosystem service trade-offs associated with forest restoration, RESTS (Restoration Ecosystem Service Tool Selector), a framework describing the key characteristics of 13 ecosystem service assessment tools, was developed.

This framework allows for the input of basic information on decision-making needs for the forest restoration project. Based on the criteria entered, tools that do not meet the user’s needs are eliminated. The selected tools are presented according to five evaluation criteria: scalability, cost, time, uncertainty management and applicability to cost-benefit analysis. At the end, attributes are rated to support the user in choosing the most appropriate tool for the project and for quantifying ecosystem services in support of restoration.

RESTS uses a spreadsheet interface, but a web-based interface is planned by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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