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About the Course

Ecosystem services are a way of thinking about – and evaluating – the goods and services provided by nature that contribute to the well-being of humans. This MOOC will cover scientific (technical), economic, and socio-political dimensions of the concept through a mix of theory, case-studies, interviews with specialists and a serious-game. By the end of this course, our aim is to enable you to: • define the concept of ecosystem services, its principles and limitations • understand the key services associated with any ressource (e.g., fresh water) through readings and case-studies • appreciate the advantages and potential risks of monetising ecosystem services • appreciate the social dimensions (power issues, cultural biases) embedded within any method • integrate tactical advice on mainstreaming this approach into policy and standard government practices • Optional: learn how to map ecosystem services with GIS tools The session that runs May 29th- July 10th will be actively monitored by the instructors, and learners will have the opportunity to ask questions. This course was developed by instructors from the University of Geneva with the help of numerous researchers and input from the Geneva Water Hub and the Natural Capital Project. The course was financed by the University of Geneva, the Global Programme Water Initiatives of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and the Luc Hoffmann Institute. This MOOC is supported by the Geneva Water Hub and the University of Geneva along with the MOOC in « Water Resources Management and Policy » ( and the one in « International Water Law » ( We look forward to you joining us!...

Top reviews


Sep 07, 2017

Great course. Awesome introduction to Ecosystem Services. Well-balanced portrayal of the many tensions and difficulties in the field. Also a great exposure to MANY experts and many diverse opinions.


Oct 25, 2018

An interesting course on understanding several ecosystem services more in-depth, as well as the ways these are quantified. I personally enjoyed also the critical perspectives at the concept

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By José G G G

May 09, 2020

Congratulations!!! It was a very good MOOC! I enjoyed and learned a lot, thanks for all!

By Ed K

Aug 04, 2020

Excellent course. I particularly enjoyed the case studies and roundtable discussions.

By Pablo N T T

Sep 27, 2019

Gran calidad de información y una continua invitación a alternativas de desarrollo

By Deepak P

Sep 20, 2019

Took almost six months to complete but it was exciting and knowledgeous journey.

By Phoukhong P

Jan 03, 2019

Not so many people in this course for the evaluation of peer review assignments.

By Udai R G

Oct 20, 2019

Excellent course content and format. Very good course instructor and teachers.

By Soumya S

Sep 29, 2019

Very interesting , and i have learned a lot of things , thank you coursera

By Reham Z

May 28, 2020

the course was useful I learned a lot about biodiversity and its conditions

By Mark S

Jul 30, 2017

Excellent course that serves as an excellent primer on Ecosystem Services.

By Diego A G C

Jun 27, 2019

thanks for the information, !!!1 and the new ideas for another projects

By Anupama C

Jun 17, 2019

It is an intense course, but with a very satisfactory learning outcome.

By S Y

Aug 03, 2020

An excellent way of organizing study materials. Thank you so much all.

By Juan F C A

Jul 08, 2019

Really comprehensive and detailed course with real life case studies.

By Andrés S

Apr 12, 2020

great course!!! specially the treatment of different aspects of ES.

By Larihun J

Apr 15, 2020

Love this course. Very detailed theories but need more practicals.


Oct 15, 2019

Very interesting argument taught in a dynamic and interactive way!

By Bruno N

Oct 08, 2019

Great course, many experts great insights, really opened my mind.

By Rodrigo E P M

Aug 03, 2020

It is a very good initiation course. To get closer to the theme.

By Ricardo S

Apr 10, 2017

Very insightful and detailed. Perfect spoken and written English

By manish k

Jul 24, 2020

good and valuable knowledge has share with sir, thanks for it


Oct 30, 2018

Muy bien, seguir adelante, haciendo cursos de buena calidad.

By Ketaki S

May 07, 2020

Fantastic approach, teachings and perspectives.

By Samuel R

Jun 12, 2017

Professional and really inspiring.

By Juan P A P

May 25, 2020

Very interesting and useful

By Abhishek

May 28, 2020

A course worth doing.