Can the value of ecosystems and ecosystem goods and services be measured?

In this critical challenge, students explore monetary and non-monetary valuation methods used to determine the value of ecosystems and ecosystem goods and services (EGS). They identify environmental assets, goods and services in ecosystems and explore the concepts of use and non-use values. Finally, learners identify measures that could be used to estimate the value of EGS found within a particular ecosystem. This detailed lesson plan is part of the Statistics Canada: Human Activity and the Environment Teacher’s Kit that explores the question, “What is the value of an ecosystem?” It may be used independently or in combination with other teaching and learning activities in the kit. The zipped folder contains a PDF detailed lesson plan and a PDF image set.

Geography, Mathematics, Science, Social studies
Targeted grade range:
Middle (7-9), Post-secondary, Senior (10-12)
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