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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 Abhishek

May 28, 2020

A course worth doing.


Jul 9, 2017

Great Course indeed!

By rosario f

Dec 19, 2021

Excelente. Gracias

By Mahendra K D

Oct 25, 2022

WExcellent course

By Leticia B

Feb 15, 2022

Excellent course

By Nchong V M

Jul 1, 2020

Fantastic course

By Jorge S V

Jun 13, 2017

Excelent course

By Rahul K

Apr 26, 2020

Good learning


Apr 30, 2022

Un gran curso

By Grace A M R

Aug 23, 2022

Muy practico

By Shiva G

Sep 26, 2022


By Dilsha K

Jul 27, 2020

thank a lot

By Andréia

Nov 1, 2018

I love it!

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Mar 11, 2021

I think the course is in general well prepared and structured, materials are very interesting, case studies and interviews are also an excellent tool to complement the theory. Even when is just an introductory approach, it gives a good overview and framework to start looking to this area. I don't rate the course with the highest score not for deficiencies in content of materials, but for some technical issues that can be fixed to improve the whole experience. The main technical problems I saw along the course were: 1) empty questions in the middle of the videos; 2) links broken, and 3) the practice at the end of the course could be more clear, and the screenshots don't correspond to what I saw in the databases sites, and thus, instructions don't work for this exercise.

By Trevor R T

Oct 23, 2017

Great introductory course to Ecosystem Services. I have two critiques, the first is that the estimated times for completing each assignment and video are not very accurate. Although the videos have are obviously a specific time length, the actual time to complete each module is longer than just the total time of all the videos and 10 minute for each assignment. Secondly, there are a lot of additional resources presented (articles and reports), which is great to add to my bibliographic library abou ES! However, there are soo many additional resources offered, yet there is only one required reading assignment for this course. I think that there should be a couple more required key readings that are selected and tested upon.

By David D

Oct 7, 2017

It's hard for me personally to rate this course as I do not have a real need to dive into the the details. I was looking for an overall perspective and what exactly this meant. Therefore I am satisfied even if I do not feel the need to complete the case study, etc.

The course was professionally presented with a wealth of experts. It still remains to be seen if this approach will make such a positive impact to promote more positive sustainable development but the protocols and methodology look well thought out and I understand many initiatives have worked out successfully, so bravo!

By Alex N

May 24, 2020

The material is good and well rounded. Some of the questions and material are a little unclear, perhaps because of translation errors. The material is interactive and the peer-reviewed writing prompts are a good idea. I didn't have any problem getting assignments reviewed. I would have liked more technical details about ecosystem services methods rather than the discussion on whether ecosystems services are a good idea/ are ethical/ are useful for conservation (I do appreciate that this is included I just feel it monopolized the course a little).

By Natàlia B P

Jun 3, 2020

Very interesting and I liked it a lot, particularly the different points of view of each of the presenters, lecturers and guests. This allows the student to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the method. However, I maybe missed a more practical module, one to actually learn how would an assessment come to be (for example, like the extra-module 6, but actually with sequences and support, because I think it's not very useful as it is - well, at least for me). But great course overall.

By Garrison C G

Feb 12, 2023

Apparently the field is new enough that the course is not just science and technique. It goes on to cover how to sell the idea to the public over-much. Ecosystem services is one tool that can be made to use the ecosphere more efficiently when it need be exploited because of demographic pressure, yet it isn't sufficient in-itself to conserve or restore the planet's declining ecosphere to health.