An ever changing global environment and increasing species loss demands new approaches to ecosystem protection. By translating the importance of nature into dollar values we can integrate nature into planning policies. However, this work remains costly, the research analyses and critiques the rapid valuation methods in order to scale and democratize ecosystem economic valuation, specifically for the coral reefs of Taiwan.
Nathaniel Maynard is a Fulbright Fellow working with the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium. He is researching biological coral surveys and economic modeling in order to determine the total economic value of the Kenting National Park. He received his Master’s degree in International Environmental Policy the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.