Lithuanian ecosystem services inventory and valuation


Geographical coverage

Geographical scale of the assessment National
Country or countries covered Lithuania
Any other necessary information or explanation for identifying the location of the assessment, including site or region name


Conceptual framework, methodology and scope

Assessment objectives

Main objectives and tasks: - to establish a primary set of ecosystem services, relevant to Lithuania; - to elaborate a small-scale case study, demonstrating ecosystem services’ importance, visualizing and proving of methods for inventory and valuation; - to establish a network of model sites, typical to the regions of Lithuania by social, natural conditions and set of ecosystem services, identify, map and evaluate ecosystem services in it; - to prepare recommendations, procedures and examples for the mapping of ecosystem services in the whole country area; - to establish data background for ecosystem services assessment in whole territory of Lithuania.

Mandate for the assessment

Conceptual framework and/or methodology used for the assessment

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)

URL or copy of conceptual framework developed or adapted

System(s) assessed

  • Inland water
  • Forest and woodland
  • Cultivated/Agricultural land
  • Grassland

Species groups assessed

Ecosystem services/functions assessed


  • Food
  • Water
  • Timber/fibres
  • Genetic resources
  • Energy/fuel


  • Air quality
  • Climate regulation
  • Regulation of water flows
  • Regulation of water quality
  • Erosion prevention
  • Pollination

Supporting Services/Functions

  • Habitat maintenance
  • Nutrient cycling
  • Soil formation and fertility

Cultural Services

  • Recreation and tourism

Scope of assessment includes

Drivers of change in systems and services


Impacts of change in services on human well-being


Options for responding/interventions to the trends observed


Explicit consideration of the role of biodiversity in the systems and services covered by the assessment


Timing of the assessment

Year assessment started


Year assessment finished

If ongoing, year assessment is anticipated to finish


Periodicity of assessment

Assessment outputs



Communication materials (e.g. brochure, presentations, posters, audio-visual media)

Journal publications

V.Naruševičius, G.Matiukas. Introducing the concept of ecosystem services: inventory and economic valuation on local scale in Lithuania

Training materials

Other documents/outputs

Tools and processes

Tools and approaches used in the assessment

  • Geospatial analysis
  • Economic valuation
  • Social (non-monetary) valuation
  • Stakeholder consultations

Process used for stakeholder engagement in the assessment process and which component

Key stakeholder groups engaged

Environmental NGOs, private companies, protected areas administrations, scientists

The number of people directly involved in the assessment process

Less than 10

Incorporation of scientific and other types of knowledge

  • Scientific information only
  • Resource experts (e.g. foresters etc)
  • Citizen science

Supporting documentation for specific approaches, methodology or criteria developed and/or used to integrate knowledge systems into the assessment

Assessment reports peer reviewed



Accessibility of data used in assessment

Policy impact

Impacts the assessment has had on policy and/or decision making, as evidenced through policy references and actions

Independent or other review on policy impact of the assessment


Lessons learnt for future assessments from these reviews

Capacity building

Capacity building needs identified during the assessment

Trainings for researchers and further implementers (especially municipalities, business)

Actions taken by the assessment to build capacity

Network and sharing experiences, Access to funding

How have gaps in capacity been communicated to the different stakeholders

Knowledge generation

Gaps in knowledge identified from the assessment

How gaps in knowledge have been communicated to the different stakeholders

Additional relevant information