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Recreational cultural ecosystem services: How do people describe the value?
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 26, Part A Author(s): Sanna Stålhammar, Eja Pedersen Different ways of viewing human-nature interactions affect the ways in which these are conceptualized and operationalized with regards to cultural ecosystem services (CES). To clarify if some conceptualizations provide more appropriate descriptions of benefits, these need to be discussed in relation to the lived experience. This paper addresses some aspects of the controversy around the use of the concept of CES and associated framing of ‘values’. Our aim is to...
Ecosystem services research in China: A critical review
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 26, Part A Author(s): Wei Jiang Research on ecosystem services (ES) in China has become one of the fastest growing areas in the last decades. A systematic literature review with the establishment of a national ES research database was conducted in this paper. The analysis of the database including 175 studies published in international peer-reviewed journals identified six categories of research focus, among which monetary valuation attracted the most attention. Two approaches in the monetary valuation studies are...
Ecosystem services of collectively managed urban gardens: Exploring factors affecting synergies and trade-offs at the site level
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 26, Part A Author(s): Matthew Dennis, Philip James Collective management of urban green space is being acknowledged and promoted. The need to understand productivity and potential trade-offs between co-occurring ecosystem services arising from collectively managed pockets of green space is pivotal to the design and promotion of both productive urban areas and effective stakeholder participation in their management. Quantitative assessments of ecosystem service production were obtained from detailed site surveys at ten...
The value of ecosystem services obtained from the protected forest of Cambodia: The case of Veun Sai-Siem Pang National Park
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 26, Part A Author(s): Abu S.M.G. Kibria, Alison Behie, Robert Costanza, Colin Groves, Tracy Farrell This research provides for the first time a valuation of Veun Sai-Siem Pang National Park (VSSPNP) in Cambodia, which is a forest largely unfamiliar to the international community yet extremely significant in terms of biodiversity value. This study aimed to measure the monetary and non-monetary values of ecosystem services (ESS) of the forest. We estimated the total annual contribution of VSSPNP was...
An economic valuation of ecosystem services based on perceptions of rural Ethiopian communities
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 26, Part A Author(s): Marlen S. Krause, Ephraim Nkonya, Verena C. Griess Ethiopia is facing severe land degradation resulting in a growing need to better understand ecosystem services (ES) and their importance for rural communities. We conducted focus group discussions in six rural communities in Ethiopia’s Oromia region to gather data on land use and livelihood trends over a timespan of three decades. We assessed the perception of local communities regarding the relevance of ES and economically quantified the...
Spatially explicit return on investment to private forest conservation for water purification in Indiana, USA
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 26, Part A Author(s): Yangyang Wang, Shady Atallah, Guofan Shao Conservation programs that incentivize the increased provision of ecosystem services on private lands have become common policy instruments. The forgone revenues implied by these programs and the ecosystem services benefits they provide might be spatially heterogeneous. However, such programs are not always spatially targeted to maximize the return on conservation investment (ROI). Here, we use an integrated spatial, ecological-economic modeling approach...
Geosystem services: A hidden link in ecosystem management
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 26, Part A Author(s): C.C.D.F. van Ree, P.J.H. van Beukering, J. Boekestijn This paper explores the representation of goods and services from the subsurface, as defined by the concept of geosystem services, in contemporary ecosystems literature. A framework is defined consistent with and complementary to the categorization defined under CICES. Following the Campbell Collaboration protocol, a systematic literature review is conducted on the representation of subsurface-related goods and services in ecosystem services...
What are the benefits of strictly protected nature reserves? Rapid assessment of ecosystem service values in Wanglang Nature Reserve, China
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 26, Part A Author(s): Peng Liu, Shiwei Jiang, Lianjun Zhao, Yunxi Li, Pingping Zhang, Li Zhang Despite broad recognition that nature reserves protect local biodiversity and rare species effectively, the wider benefits and costs provided by this conservation approach relative to alternative approaches are not well understood. This study addressed this research gap by quantifying differences in ecosystem services provision of two alternative conservation management approaches in a strictly protected nature reserve...
Understanding the role of conceptual frameworks: Reading the ecosystem service cascade
01. August 2017
Publication date: Available online 16 June 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): M. Potschin-Young, R. Haines-Young, C. Görg, U. Heink, K. Jax, C. Schleyer The aim of this paper is to identify the role of conceptual frameworks in operationalising and mainstreaming the idea of ecosystem services. It builds on some initial discussions from IPBES, which suggested that conceptual frameworks could be used to: ‘simplify thinking’, ‘structure work’, ‘clarify issues’, and ‘provide a common reference point’. The analysis uses the cascade model as a focus and...
PANDORA 3.0 plugin: A new biodiversity ecosystem service assessment tool for urban green infrastructure connectivity planning
01. August 2017
Publication date: Available online 16 June 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): Raffaele Pelorosso, Federica Gobattoni, Francesco Geri, Antonio Leone Ecosystem services related to landscape connectivity are of paramount importance for biodiversity conservation. However, due to the complexity of urban systems, both landscape connectivity assessment and the analysis of ecosystem services related to landscape connectivity are often inadequately conducted, or even completely lacking, in urban planning. The PANDORA 3.0 model, developed as a QGIS plugin and illustrated here with...
The law, ecosystem services and ecosystem functions: An in-depth overview of coverage and interrelation
01. August 2017
Publication date: Available online 16 June 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): V. Mauerhofer Ecosystem services have been particularly since the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment in 2005 a broadly analysed issue. This discussion has been widely led by scholars from environmental and related economic sciences, while social scientists have paid less attention and legal scholars have hardly entered a deeper controversy about the topic. This paper addresses the following questions 1. in how far law in general already currently covers – perhaps not explicitly - ecosystem services...
Adventure racing enables access to cultural ecosystem services at multiple scales
01. August 2017
Publication date: Available online 12 June 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): M. Kyle S. Smith, Dirk J. Roux, Jessica Hayes Protected areas are increasingly being viewed and acknowledged within broader social-ecological landscapes as providing a range of ecosystem services, which offer an important connection between nature and society. We explore non-mechanised adventure racing as a form of nature-based tourism, how this activity enables access to a suite of cultural ecosystem services, and its facilitation by a network of relatively open-access protected landscapes. An...
Reducing landscape restoration costs: Feasibility of generating electricity from invasive alien plant biomass on the Agulhas Plain, South Africa
01. August 2017
Publication date: Available online 10 June 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): William Stafford, James Blignaut South Africa has embarked on a large-scale government programme to control invasive alien plants (IAPs). However, to date, very little cost recovery has occurred through the development of value adding industries and the sale of various wood products and bioenergy. Using the Agulhas Plain as a case study, we assess the feasibility of using IAP biomass in modular 250kWe wood gasifiers to produce electricity with biochar as a co-product. There is sufficient IAP...
Achieving the national development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through investment in ecological infrastructure: A case study of South Africa
01. August 2017
Publication date: Available online 9 June 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): Tracey L. Cumming, Ross T. Shackleton, Johannes Förster, John Dini, Ahmed Khan, Mpho Gumula, Ida Kubiszewski Ecological infrastructure (EI) refers to ecosystems that deliver services to society, functioning as a nature-based equivalent of, or complement to, built infrastructure. EI is critical for socio-economic development, supporting a suite of development imperatives at local, national and international scales. This paper presents the myriad of ways that EI supports sustainable...
The future value of ecosystem services: Global scenarios and national implications
01. August 2017
Publication date: Available online 2 June 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): Ida Kubiszewski, Robert Costanza, Sharolyn Anderson, Paul Sutton We estimated the future value of ecosystem services in monetary units for 4 alternative global land use and management scenarios based on the Great Transition Initiative (GTI) scenarios to the year 2050. We used previous estimates of the per biome values of ecosystem services in 2011 as the basis for comparison. We mapped projected land-use for 16biomes at 1km2 resolution globally for each scenario. This, combined with differences...
Making biodiversity offsets work in South Africa – A governance perspective
01. August 2017
Publication date: Available online 2 June 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): Peter Lukey, Tracey Cumming, Sukie Paras, Ida Kubiszewski, Samuel Lloyd South Africa is increasingly putting itself into an undesirable state of ecological deficit. Regulatory and other interventions are needed to stop and reverse ecosystem degradation. Biodiversity offsets are seen as one possible method of mitigating the current trends in biodiversity and ecosystem services loss in the country. However, for offsetting to succeed in practice, a number of barriers will have to be overcome...
The Ecosystems revolution, Mark Everard. Palgrave MacMIllan, ISBN 978-3-319-31657-4
01. Juni 2017
Publication date: June 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 25 Author(s): Leon C. Braat
Stakeholders’ perceptions of ecosystem services and Pangasius catfish farming development along the Hau River in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam
01. Juni 2017
Publication date: June 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 25 Author(s): Nguyen Thi Kim Quyen, Håkan Berg, Wenresti Gallardo, Chau Thi Da This study identifies stakeholders’ perceptions of ecosystem services (ESS) along the Mekong River in Vietnam. It evaluates trade-offs made between ESS under different Pangasius catfish development scenarios, and stakeholders’ preferences to these scenarios. The study was conducted through interviews, focus group discussions and a questionnaire survey with 150 households. Rice cultivation and Pangasius catfish farming were identified...
Integrating supply and social demand in ecosystem services assessment: A review
01. Juni 2017
Publication date: June 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 25 Author(s): Hejie Wei, Weiguo Fan, Xuechao Wang, Nachuan Lu, Xiaobin Dong, Yanan Zhao, Xijia Ya, Yifei Zhao As a result of the unsustainable way in which natural resources are consumed, the gaps between the supply and social demand of ecosystem services (ES) are gradually widening. In this regard, studies have increasingly assessed both ES supply and demand comprehensively. This current review covers recent case studies about the integrated assessment of ES supply and demand (IAESSD), which is defined as...
The use of meteorological data to assess the cooling service of forests
01. Juni 2017
Publication date: June 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 25 Author(s): Xuehui Sun, Xueming Li, Zhangnan Guan, Jian Liu, Shuping Zhang The climate regulation effects of forests have been extensively studied. Many evaluation methods exist to assess the climate regulation service on regional and global scales. However, the processes driving local scale effects are poorly understood. We established a new method, which combined the cooling effects of forest and cooling costs to assess the value of climate regulation of a local scale forest. The inhabitable value of cooling...

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