The Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) Tools Network, co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org, is a premier source of information about planning and management tools in the United States and internationally. Its mission is to promote healthy ecosystems and communities through the use of tools that help incorporate ecosystem-based thinking into management decisions.
Ecosystem-Based Management tools are methods and software that help practitioners incorporate scientific and socioeconomic information into decision making. EBM tools can help: develop models of ecosystems; generate scenarios illustrating the consequences of different management decisions on natural resources and the economy; and facilitate stakeholder involvement in planning processes.
The network is currently focusing on tools for:
- Climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning
- Ecosystem-based coastal and marine spatial planning
- Integrated land-sea planning to minimize the impacts of land use on coastal and marine environments.
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