Biodiversity Assessment and Valuation

Biodiversity Assessment and Valuation

IORA’s technical and economics teams collaborate to carry out spatially explicit ecological and economic assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Our valuations are context and stakeholder specific and prioritize the end use and consumption of valuation information.

Our Biodiversity Assessment services include:
  • Physical seasonal and perennial biodiversity assessment in designated project areas and development of thematic GIS maps
  • Valuation of biodiversity and associated ecosystem services.

PROJECTS

Feasibility Study for Conservation of Ecologically Sensitive Dodamarg Biodiversity Corridor Region

IORA, in collaboration with the Wildlife Research and Conservation Society and Maharashtra Forest Department, is carrying out a feasibility study for developing a pilot conservation project in the Dodamarg Taluka of Maharashtra based on innovative financial models. The project area is an Ecologically Sensitive Area (ESA), part of the Western Ghats (a biodiversity hotspot) and a wildlife corridor. This study will help to prioritize the financial mechanisms which can assist conservation activities in the area, for example, REDD+ feasibility. The project will assess benefit sharing mechanisms which can incentivize the local population to protect forests. The consortium’s objective is to reduce the pressure generated from various drivers of deforestation and forest degradation on the precious and pristine forest with rich biodiversity.

Location Dodamarg Taluka, Sindhudurg District, Maharashtra
Duration December 2015 – November 2016
Client Name Maharashtra Forest Department, Government of Maharashtra
Incentive Mechanisms for Agrobiodiversity Conservation and Use: Mango, Value Chains and the Financing of Payment for Agrobiodiversity Conservation Services (PACS)

IORA, in partnership with Bioversity International developed an exploratory PACS (Payment for Agro-biodiversity Conservation Services) model to use markets as a reward mechanism for conservation and proliferation of Mango’s (Mangiferaindica) sub-species diversity in India.

The incentive gained from the proposed PACS system will help in diversity conservation and strengthening multi-stakeholder partnerships in resource management to improve the direct income of farmers. IORA conducted a baseline study of the current level of mango diversity, assessed the willingness of consumers to pay for conservation, studied the willingness of farmers to accept conservation strategies and developed the model of a pilot market and institutional arrangement to carry out the designed activities.

Location Uttar Pradesh
Duration 1st September 2013 – 1st March 2014
Client Name Bioversity International
Economic Valuation of Tiger Reserves in India

IORA assisted the Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM) to develop a methodology for valuation of ecosystem services in 6 tiger reserves across India.  This study was commissioned to IIFM by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).

Location Multiple states of India
Duration September 2013 – December 2014
Client Name IIFM