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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 6, 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.


Feb 28, 2021

That's a great course. Not only introducing the approach, but providing us with different pro and cons of the method. And it gives a lot to critical thinking on the topic. I found it really helpful

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By Yun-Yue H

Dec 27, 2022

The instructions are clear and cover a comprehensive range of learning. This is by far my favourite online course

By Ashutosh K P

Oct 6, 2019

Provides concepts, methods and implications of using ecosystem services as a method of Sustainable development.


Feb 24, 2021

A Wonderful course with very important insights and much needed knowledge about the real-life business case

By Ritika B

Apr 13, 2021

Such an incredible course. I have learned so much from this course. Wish keep exploring such more courses.

By Sean B

Apr 5, 2020

Very informative. I learned a great deal about the pros and cons of the Ecosystem Services accounting.

By Jelle v H

Mar 18, 2021

Well structured and interesting course to get acquainted with the core concepts of Ecosystem services.

By Jonathan Z

May 1, 2018

This was an amazing course and ahead of our time with helpful content for this and future generation !

By Mario A F M

Feb 8, 2021

Un curso muy crítico y completo con suficiente información para tener un backgroud sólido en el tema.

By Wei-Harng L

Aug 29, 2017

Excellent course with lots of new ideas / concepts being imparted. Truly Swiss made quality. Love it.

By Salma A ( A D U C

Aug 2, 2018

It is very helpful and promising week for conducting a real research from regional to local scale.

By parvin m

Jun 23, 2020

the course of ecosystem services was so excellent and I receive information about that. Thank you

By Alexander W

Nov 24, 2020

Great course as introduction to biodiversity and ecosystem services with many practical examples

By Diana P

Jan 4, 2018

un curso muy completo con teoría, entrevistas y casos prácticos, las lecturas son muy buenas y

By vijaydilipraj

Jun 25, 2017


By Silvia S

Feb 15, 2021

A course with an excellent level also for those who already know the basics of the concept.

By José G G G

May 9, 2020

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


Feb 21, 2021

Thank you Coursera and DOST CARAGA for this once in a lifetime opportunity of learning!

By Ed K

Aug 4, 2020

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

By Nicolás 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 3, 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 Duisengalyiev A R

Jan 15, 2021

A very good and useful cours! I`m so glad to succesfully finish the cours!