Mapping Ecosystem Services to Human well-being – MESH – is an ecosystem service assessment and mapping toolkit that calculates ecosystem service production functions and maps ecosystem service provision under different landscape management scenarios. The base model of MESH integrates and extends existing models of ecosystem services, such as Natural Capital Project’s InVEST and King’s College of London’s WaterWorld, to support integrative land management approaches by highlighting trade-offs associated with the provision of ecosystem services.
An extension to MESH that is under development, MESH-SDG, will generate outputs and indicators that are specific to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), based on findings from research and stakeholder consultations. MESH-SDG will provide a basis for making comparisons of progress toward multiple national SDG targets across different scenarios of ecosystem change, for example, arising from land-use planning or investment decisions.
MESH can help researchers and policy makers manage the complexity of today’s global challenges, food security, environmental sustainability, and poverty reduction. It can support policy makers to visualize the link between SDGs and the benefits that ecosystem services can contribute to human well-being, such as access to clean water, risk of malnourishment or exposure to malaria.
Watch the video demonstration of MESH
Or, watch Fabrice DeClerck presenting MESH at the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation meeting in London on November 25, 2015 (presentation starts at 26:45)