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Does an agroforestry scheme with payment for ecosystem services (PES) economically empower women in sub-Saharan Africa?
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 31, Part A Author(s): Emmanuel O. Benjamin, Oreoluwa Ola, Gertrud Buchenrieder In rural sub-Saharan Africa, poor women often face socioeconomic constraints that limit their participation in agroforestry. Agroforestry schemes with payment for ecosystem services (PES) endeavor to strike a gender balance making female smallholder farmers’ operations as profitable and sustainable as those of their male counterparts. Yet, few studies to date have investigated the theoretical and empirical links between the economic as well...
Effects of land use change on ecosystem services value in West Jilin since the reform and opening of China
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 31, Part A Author(s): Li Fei, Zhang Shuwen, Yang Jiuchun, Chang Liping, Yang Haijuan, Bu Kun Land resources were the foundation of human survival and development. The change of land use altered the pattern of vegetation and landscape, caused the change of ecosystem structure and function and changed the value of regional ecosystem services. This study spatially and quantitatively explored the impact of land use change on the ecosystem service value in West Jilin since the reform and opening of China. The results...
Using institutional grammar to improve understanding of the form and function of payment for ecosystem services programs
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 31, Part A Author(s): Aaron M. Lien, Edella Schlager, Ashly Lona Payments for ecosystem services (PES) schemes are governed by complex institutional arrangements. Specific rules are needed to control who can participate in buying and selling of services, under what circumstances participation is allowed, how transactions are regulated, and many other actions. Decisions made by the developers of PES schemes about what rules to include and what form these rules take are likely to have an impact on the eventual success or...
Energy modeling simulation of changes in ecosystem services before and after the implementation of a Grain-for-Green program on the Loess Plateau—A case study of the Zhifanggou valley in Ansai...
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 31, Part A Author(s): Zihan Xu, Hejie Wei, Weiguo Fan, Xuechao Wang, Bingling Huang, Nachuan Lu, Jiahui Ren, Xiaobin Dong Understanding the relationship between land use change and ecosystem services is critical for achieving sustainable ecosystem services and for developing scientifically effective eco-conservation policies. The Zhifanggou watershed is a typical hill and gully region on the Loess Plateau that has experienced a process of serious damage and rapid recovery in recent decades, and the...
Linking ecosystem services supply, social demand and human well-being in a typical mountain–oasis–desert area, Xinjiang, China
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 31, Part A Author(s): Hejie Wei, Huiming Liu, Zihan Xu, Jiahui Ren, Nachuan Lu, Weiguo Fan, Peng Zhang, Xiaobin Dong Identifying the links among ecosystem services (ES) supply, social demand and human well-being is important to realize sustainability, especially in mountain–oasis–desert (MOD) areas, which are facing an intense conflict between socioeconomic development and ecological conservation. Using a biophysical model, we mapped six ES in the Manas River Basin, which is a typical MOD area. A...
Gendered perspectives of ecosystem services: A systematic review
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 31, Part A Author(s): Y.C. Ethan Yang, Simone Passarelli, Robin J. Lovell, Claudia Ringler Women and men often have differential access to and derive different benefits from ecosystem services; therefore, their perception and knowledge of ecosystem services also differ. Understanding these differences is critical to ensuring that policies aimed at enhancing access to and use of ecosystem services can provide benefits to all genders. We conducted a systematic review of studies that aim to understand the relationship...
Integrating Ecosystem Services values for sustainability? Evidence from the Belgium Ecosystem Services community of practice
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 31, Part A Author(s): Nicolas Dendoncker, Francis Turkelboom, Fanny Boeraeve, Annelies Boerema, Steven Broekx, Corentin Fontaine, Rolinde Demeyer, Rik De Vreese, Guénaël Devillet, Hans Keune, Lieve Janssens, Inge Liekens, Evelyne Lord-Tarte, Florin Popa, Ilse Simoens, Nele Smeets, Paula Ulenaers, Ann Van Herzele, Katia Van Tichelen, Sander Jacobs Through a reflexive study, we performed a reality check of how Ecosystem Services valuation is performed compared to what could be referred...
Forest ecosystem services in rural areas of Germany: Insights from the national TEEB study
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 31, Part A Author(s): Matthias Bösch, Peter Elsasser, Kristin Franz, Martin Lorenz, Christoph Moning, Roland Olschewski, Anne Rödl, Heike Schneider, Bettina Schröppel, Priska Weller In Germany, forests cover approximately one third of the total land area, thereby providing a high variety of ecosystem services (ES), such as timber production, carbon sequestration, recreation, and other cultural services related to biodiversity protection. A national TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity...
Exploring the complex relations between water resources and social indicators: The Biobío Basin (Chile)
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 31, Part A Author(s): María Elisa Díaz, Ricardo Figueroa, M. Luisa Suárez Alonso, M. Rosario Vidal-Abarca Basins are one of the bio-geo-physical areas where the ecological processes that generate the ecosystem services (ES) and contribute to human well-being (HWB) are more evident. They are also the physical scenario where the nature-human interaction is more intense. The explicit relationships that link biodiversity, ES and HWB, and the direct and indirect causes responsible for their degradation, have been...
Ecosystem services as a post-normal field of science
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 31, Part A Author(s): Jacob Ainscough, Meriwether Wilson, Jasper O. Kenter The ecosystem services (ES) concept is increasingly being integrated in to policy and decision making at all scales of environmental governance. Yet ES assessments are often characterised by high levels of uncertainty, are heavily value-laden and seek to contribute towards time-critical decision making and policy development. We assess the suitability of post-normal science as a broad scientific framework to guide research practice in such...
The role of socio-economic factors in planning and managing urban ecosystem services
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 31, Part A Author(s): Marit L. Wilkerson, Matthew G.E. Mitchell, Danielle Shanahan, Kerrie A. Wilson, Christopher D. Ives, Catherine E. Lovelock, Jonathan R. Rhodes How green spaces in cities benefit urban residents depends critically on the interaction between biophysical and socio-economic factors. Urban ecosystem services are affected by both ecosystem characteristics and the social and economic attributes of city dwellers. Yet, there remains little synthesis of the interactions between ecosystem services...
An ecosystem services framework to evaluate indigenous and local peoples’ connections with nature
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 31, Part A Author(s): Kamaljit K. Sangha, Luke Preece, Jaramar Villarreal-Rosas, Juma J. Kegamba, Kiran Paudyal, Tui Warmenhoven, P.S. RamaKrishnan Indigenous and local peoples’ connections with nature are not only limited to the benefits or services people derive from ecosystems, as considered by international frameworks, but also entail peoples’ capabilities (knowledges and skills) that enable people to derive those benefits. Applying Sen’s (1993) Capability Approach, this paper proposes an ecosystem...
A meta-analysis of economic valuation of ecosystem services in Mexico
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 31, Part A Author(s): José Alberto Lara-Pulido, Alejandro Guevara-Sanginés, Camilo Arias Martelo This paper provides a comprehensive review of the literature on the economic values for ecosystem goods and services in Mexico. We analyzed 106 studies that estimated an economic value for any given environmental good or service in the country. In total, we coded and classified 352 values according to the Common International Classification of Ecosystem Services (CICES) and the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity...
An exploration of the relationships between cultural ecosystem services, socio-cultural values and well-being
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 31, Part A Author(s): Craig Bullock, Deirdre Joyce, Marcus Collier Although there is a growing literature on cultural ecosystem services, their relationship with well-being is still being explored. This paper reports on the application of a combination of deliberative and instrumental approaches to a coastal environment. The experience supports the ecosystem services approach and confirms the role of cultural services in providing for material as well as non-material benefits, but finds that the potential contribution...
Managing forests for global and local ecosystem services: A case study of carbon, water and livelihoods from eastern Indonesia
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 31, Part A Author(s): Yeon-Su Kim, Sitti Latifah, Mansur Afifi, Mark Mulligan, Sophia Burke, Larry Fisher, Ewa Siwicka, Kyriaki Remoundou, Michael Christie, Sharon Masek Lopez, Jeff Jenness Despite a recent increase of interest in global payment for ecosystem services (PES) mechanisms, there has been little comprehensive assessment of PES impacts on ecosystem services (ESs) at smaller scales. Better understanding of localized impacts of global PES can help balance ES deliveries for global benefits with...
Identification and assessment of ecosystem services for protected area planning: A case in rural communities of Wuyishan national park pilot
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 31, Part A Author(s): Siyuan He, Louise Gallagher, Yang Su, Lei Wang, Hongguang Cheng It is important to integrate local residents’ awareness and perception of ecosystem services (ES) into the ES assessment for the planning of protected areas (PAs). Using data collected from the newly designated Wuyishan national park pilot, we assessed communities’ identification and perceptions of a broad range of ESs. We examined the factors that affected the preference and assessment across communities and found a...
Improving ecological conservation and restoration through payment for ecosystem services in Northeastern Tibetan Plateau, China
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 31, Part A Author(s): Lin Huang, Quanqin Shao, Jiyuan Liu, Qingshui Lu To protect biodiversity, restore ecosystems and improve the livelihoods of indigenous herders, a payment for ecosystem services program has been implemented in the Northeastern Tibetan Plateau. We monitored and assessed its effectiveness and analysed the factors that may contribute to the success or failure of the program. By comparing ecosystem changes between project and non-project regions, we found that the increased area of grassland and...
Scenario planning including ecosystem services for a coastal region in South Australia
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 31, Part A Author(s): Harpinder Sandhu, Beverley Clarke, Ryan Baring, Sharolyn Anderson, Claire Fisk, Sabine Dittmann, Stewart Walker, Paul Sutton, Ida Kubiszewski, Robert Costanza Coastal regions provide vital ecosystem services for the human well-being. Rapid economic growth and increasing population in coastal regions is exerting more pressure on coastal environments. Here we develop four plausible scenarios to the year 2050 that address above issues in the northern Adelaide coastline, South Australia...
The influence of cash and technical assistance on household-level outcomes in payments for hydrological services programs in Chiapas, Mexico
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 31, Part A Author(s): Kelly W. Jones, Carlos L. Muñoz Brenes, Xoco A. Shinbrot, Walter López-Báez, Andrómeda Rivera-Castañeda This paper examines whether and how payments for hydrological services (PHS) programs implemented on communal lands in Mexico result in household-level conservation and human wellbeing outcomes. We first use evaluation methods to establish the impact of PHS by comparing outcomes across seven communities enrolled, and one community not enrolled, in PHS. Second, we exploit variations in...
Estimating the impacts of land use/land cover changes on Ecosystem Service Values: The case of the Andassa watershed in the Upper Blue Nile basin of Ethiopia
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 31, Part A Author(s): Temesgen Gashaw, Taffa Tulu, Mekuria Argaw, Abeyou W. Worqlul, Terefe Tolessa, Mengistie Kindu Estimating the impacts of land use/land cover (LULC) changes in Ecosystem Service Values (ESV) is indispensable to provide public awareness about the status of ESV, and to help in policy-making processes. This study was intended to estimate the impacts of LULC changes on ESV in the Andassa watershed of the Upper Blue Nile basin over the last three decades (1985–2015), and to predict the ESV...