Environmental Valuation Self-Paced Course

The Environmental Valuation content from our highly regarded Economics & Finance for Environmental Leadership course is now available in a new self-paced format. This course is ideal for conservation professionals looking for our unique training on economic tools for valuing ecosystem services who would prefer to learn on their own schedule. 

Valuation is one of the most popular training modules in our annual flagship course, as it is an economic tool that can be immediately applied in many conservation contexts. This self-paced course offers the fundamentals of environmental valuation, including when and why to conduct a valuation study, exposure to a range of valuation approaches, and a chance to apply concepts learned through project design.

If you are interested in additional economic approaches and tools, please consider our comprehensive and interactive virtual and online course, Economics & Finance for Environmental Leadership, now offered in both English and Spanish

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This self-paced course is now offered at a fraction of the price for accessible learning at your own pace.

  • World-Class Teaching

    Our course combines lectures on fundamental concepts with readings and webinars that show interesting applications of environmental valuation in real-world scenarios.

  • Flexible Timing

    This self-paced course takes roughly 12-15 hours to complete, with each chapter consisting of about 2 hours of content. Stop and start at any time without penalties or deadlines.

  • Inclusive & Diverse

    Conservation and sustainable development practitioners from every country and background are invited to enroll. Participants must have proficient English listening and reading skills.

Course Content

This course will cover the following topics:

The Fundamentals of Valuation

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Valuation
  • Chapter 2: Economic Values and Valuation

Valuation Methods and Approaches

  • Chapter 3: Production Function and Market Price Valuation Methods
  • Chapter 4: Cost-Based Methods
  • Chapter 5: Revealed Preference and Benefits Transfer
  • Chapter 6: Stated Preference Methods

Valuation Project Design

  • Chapter 7: Applying Valuation Concepts to Real-World Scenarios 

Meet Your Course Instructor

Kim Bonine

Kim leads CSF’s Numbers for Nature Training Institute and Economics for Environmental Leadership training program, with activities in over 40 countries and five continents. Over the past 20 years, she has led the design and implementation of environmental economics courses and analysis projects in Africa, Asia, the Pacific and North and South America on themes such as wildlife conservation, infrastructure development, fisheries management, tourism economics, and sustainable livelihoods. Kim holds a MS in Earth Systems and a BA in Human Biology, both from Stanford University.


We work hard to create the most dynamic and approachable economics courses, and our participants go on to accomplish incredible conservation goals using our tools and training.

International Course 2022 Participant

Lucy Waruingi

"This was a preamble to my Ph. D that I want to do around natural capital valuation and now bringing in the whole aspect of looking at economic opportunities and understanding what loss means and how to calculate that... it's really been amazing."

International Course 2018 Participant


"Kim, thank you so much for your excellent module. Your approachable and engaging teaching style has made it easy to learn!"

International Course 2021 Participant

Maxine Axis

“This course has helped me to understand the key concepts and approaches used in economic valuation for natural resources, particularly with regards to cost-benefit analysis and other important conservation approaches being implemented around the world.”

International Course 2021 Participant


"Kim made her sessions absolutely comfortable, translating all content into an easy language applied to conservation."

International Course 2019 Participant


"Kim, thank you so much for this opportunity. You are doing a great service to the world with this course (and creating a wonderful, highly conductive time and space for learning for us!). Also a pleasure and inspiration knowing someone like you who also has a ton of interdisciplinary interests in making such a big impact on so many lives."

International Course 2020 Participant


"[The materials was] so clear! Kim is a wonderful lecturer and facilitator"

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