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iv Consistent time series, accessible data collection and assessments 


The valuation of natural capital and ecosystem services and the development of evidence-driven environmental policies Furthermore, it are regularly is require timely, reliable, consistent, accessible and relevant official and environmental that data to judge the effectiveness collected. impossible of policies or programmes without regular and repeated data collection and assessment. The derived environmental information should be integrated with social and economic data for possible inclusion in national accounts. Furthermore, the information is needed to demonstrate to decision makers and other stakeholders how budgets are allocated, as well as for better understanding and use. Financial resources and capacity building are critical for reliable and consistent data collection, including in developing countries. Development of technical capacity, as well as institutional capacity to embed regular data collection, monitoring and use within the policy and planning process at the national level, is also a high priority.

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