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Embedding Ecosystems Services into Policy (EESP) Training Program

June 20, 2023-June 21, 2024
Embedding Ecosystems Services into Policy (EESP)

The Global Program for Sustainability (GPS) and the Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Landscape Assessment (BELA) initiative at the World Bank launched the Embedding Ecosystems Services into Policy (EESP) training program. This program aims to deliver tailored capacity-building to support policymakers and technical staff in governments to move beyond the initial landscape and ecosystems assessments to translate biophysical analyses into financial and economic feasibility and trade-off analyses that can inform policy development and planning processes.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will develop an in-depth understanding of the value of biodiversity, ecosystems, and landscape assessments in effective and climate resilient policymaking
  • Participants will develop a comprehensive understanding of, and apply tools and methods for incorporating ecosystem assessments into national planning processes.
  • Participants will collaborate and exchange knowledge with various national and regional actors, and work towards establishing a national network of institutions essential in creating an enabling environment for the uptake of ecosystem services and natural capital accounting approaches



Building on the ecosystem services assessments performed to inform the Malawi Country Climate Development Report, the EESP team worked closely with the National Statistics Office and the Department of Environmental Affairs in Malawi to make the case for ecosystem services and natural capital approaches to key institutions. This resulted in a 3-day training event was conducted in Lilongwe, Malawi, in June 2023, convening 13 senior government officials and 46 technical experts and practitioners from various sectors in the environmental, policy and financial planning space in Malawi. The training was tailored to demonstrate the possible applications of these approaches to three priority, national policy processes: the Malawi 2063 Plan, the upcoming updates of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP), and the implementation of the 2022 Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) framework. The Africa Natural Capital Accounting Community of Practice sent a delegate to welcome senior government officials to the community of practice and provide support to the Malawi government as they set up their steering committee and prepare a roadmap for the development of natural capital accounts.

Agenda: Malawi ES & NCA Training Agenda.docx

Key Achievements

  • Network: This event brought together decision makers from key sectors to promote the adoption of ecosystem services and natural capital approaches in national planning strategies in Malawi.
  • Future Steps: Malawian leaders worked together to define how the different sectors can integrate these approaches into their policies and projects, and they nominated the National Statistics Office (NSO) as the institution to lead Malawi’s natural capital accounting. The NSO and Office of Environmental Affairs worked closely with the Africa NCA Community of Practice to draft a natural capital accounting roadmap and participants from all sectors contributed their ideas and made commitments to support the next steps in Malawi’s natural capital accounting process.

Audience: Officials and technical staff from the following departments and institutions. 

National Statistics Office

Department of Environmental Affairs

Department of Wildlife

Department of Economic Planning and Development

Department of Fisheries

Department of Forests

Department of Water Resources

Ministry of Natural Resources

Ministry of Agriculture

Ministry of Lands

Ministry of Finance

Peace Park Foundation



Reserve Bank of Malawi

National Bank of Malawi

Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources

University of Malawi

National Herbarium and Botanical Gardens

Forest Research Institute

Malawi Environment Endowment Trust

MWAPATA Institute for Policy Research

Mount Mulanje Conservation Trust

Electricity Generation Company Malawi

Mpatamanga Hydro Power Limited




Capacity Building



Introduction to Ecosystem Services (ES) Assessments and Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) for Policymakers



Jun 20






Knowledge Sharing



Ecosystem Approaches and Natural Capital Accounting in Malawi



Jun 20



D1S2_Presentation_ESA and NCA in Malawi.pdf



Capacity Building



Introduction to Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES)



Jun 20






Capacity Building



ES Assessments for PES



Jun 20







Capacity Building



ES Assessments for NBSAPs



Jun 20






Capacity Building



Developing Policy Briefs with ES Assessment Results



Jun 20






Capacity Building



Malawi 2063: ES and National Planning in Malawi




Jun 21








  • EESP Training Program

    The Global Program for Sustainability (GPS) and the Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Landscape Assessment (BELA) initiative at the World Bank launched the Embedding Ecosystems Services into Policy (EESP) training program.