Learn about our 5-step process

Step 1 What is the big picture?

What are the key values of your ecosystem?
What are the key threats?

How can we CONCEPTUALIZE it?

Whiteboard sketch of the report card layout for Samoa.
Step 2 What do we measure?

Q’s to ask when CHOOSING INDICATORS

Is there data? or data gaps?

Are the indicators relevant?

Do they represent key ecological processes?

How do they relate to management objectives?

Can they be measured throughout the ecosystem?

Step 3 What is healthy?

DEFINE THRESHOLDS of ecosystem health

For example, mangroves help protect coastal communities from storms, and are a vital habitat for juvenile fish and birds.

How many mangroves = healthy vs unhealthy?

Step 4 How does it add up?

How good is your math? Let’s CALCULATE SCORES

Each indicator gets a score from 0% to 100%

Then we average all of the indicators to show how healthy the ecosystem is.

How healthy is your ecosystem?

Step 5 What is the story?

Now we need to COMMUNICATE RESULTS

Who’s your target audience?

How do we make politicians sit up and take notice?

Clear and simple communication is key.