The tool was designed for use by individuals, communities, or firms in the public sector, private sector, and non-profit organizations.
RELEASE YEAR & UPDATES
The tool was released in 2013 and was last updated August 16, 2013 (V.2.8a).
PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVE
The FEGS-CS defines and classifies final ecosystem services based on the environment in which they are provided and to whom they are provided.
Businesses can use FEGS-CS to identify the FEGS produced by incorporating various natural infrastructure features (as compared with grey infrastructure) and thereby evaluate the relative benefits and costs and identify preferred alternatives.
No data input is required; rather, the user identifies ecosystem services using the online FEGS-CS Query Wizard tool.
The output provides users with a list of FEGS for a given geographic area.
The user then decides which ecosystem services are important to the decision and thus may need to be modeled and/or valued.
EXPERTISE & TIME INVESTMENT REQUIRED
No expertise in environmental assessment/valuation is required, but some training is recommended.
The labor/time investment will be in proportion to the complexity of and number of categories and items within each category that are being classified.
EXAMPLES OF COMPANY USERS
CH2M is currently using the classification system to identify the final ecosystem goods and services to be gained from implementing potential ecosystem restoration project components in the Central Valley in California.