WCS Global Initiatives

The WCS Approach

To ensure that ecosystem services are conserved and sustainably managed around the world, WCS is applying several steps in our approach:


Measure the stocks and flows of ecosystem services in the places where we work.


With stakeholders, identify the social, cultural, and/or economic values of ecosystem services.


Integrate the social and economic values of ecosystem services into decision-making about economic development and natural resource management policies and practices.


Develop and support social and/or economic incentives, including policies and innovative financing mechanisms such as Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES),that encourage the sustainable management of ecosystem services and help conserve wildlife and wild places.