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Twenty years of ecosystem services: How far have we come and how far do we still need to go?
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 28, Part A Author(s): Robert Costanza, Rudolf de Groot, Leon Braat, Ida Kubiszewski, Lorenzo Fioramonti, Paul Sutton, Steve Farber, Monica Grasso It has been 20years since two seminal publications about ecosystem services came out: an edited book by Gretchen Daily and an article in Nature by a group of ecologists and economists on the value of the world’s ecosystem services. Both of these have been very highly cited and kicked off an explosion of research, policy, and applications of the idea, including...
Monetary value of urban green space as an ecosystem service provider: A case study of urban runoff management in Finland
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 28, Part A Author(s): Sveta Silvennoinen, Maija Taka, Vesa Yli-Pelkonen, Harri Koivusalo, Markku Ollikainen, Heikki Setälä The predicted increase in the number of urban flood events can result in substantial monetary losses to society. These costs may be alleviated by preserving ecosystem services, such as urban runoff management. We studied the monetary value of this ecosystem service by applying the replacement cost method in six catchments with varying land-use intensities in two cities in Finland. The...
Modelling feedback processes underpinning management of ecosystem services: The role of participatory systems mapping
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 28, Part A Author(s): Rita Lopes, Nuno Videira Ecosystem services are dynamically interdependent. When conducting studies on ecosystem services valuation and assessment, the interdependencies and feedback structures underpinning ecosystem functioning should be identified and explicitly considered in management processes, especially when the goal is to pursue a plural and integrative approach that accounts for multiple values. This paper explores the role of a participatory system dynamics modelling approach...
Mechanisms mediating the contribution of ecosystem services to human well-being and resilience
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 28, Part A Author(s): Giacomo Fedele, Bruno Locatelli, Houria Djoudi Human benefits from ecosystems result from complex interactions between ecological and social processes. People affect ecosystems’ capacity to deliver services that contribute to the well-being of humans and their resilience. The delivery of ecosystem services (ES) has often been considered asa linear and direct flow from nature to people without feedbacks or human inputs. We adjusted the widely used ES cascade to highlight how humans mediate...
Challenges for developing Forest Stewardship Council certification for ecosystem services: How to enhance local adoption?
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 28, Part A Author(s): Sini Savilaakso, Manuel R. Guariguata The rise of ecosystem services (ES) as a conservation and management tool has changed the way forests are conceived, but so far its translation into management actions has been limited. In this paper, we discuss the development of certification of forest ecosystem services (FES) from the perspective of those implementing it at the local level. We focus on the lessons that emerged from applying the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification framework at...
Citizen science for assessing ecosystem services: Status, challenges and opportunities
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 28, Part A Author(s): Matthias Schröter, Roland Kraemer, Martin Mantel, Nadja Kabisch, Susanne Hecker, Anett Richter, Veronika Neumeier, Aletta Bonn Citizen science approaches provide opportunities to support ecosystem service assessments. To evaluate the recent trends, challenges and opportunities of utilizing citizen science in ecosystem service studies we conducted a systematic literature and project review. We reviewed the range of ecosystem services and formats of participation in citizen science in...
A theoretical framework for researching cultural ecosystem service flows in urban agglomerations
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 28, Part A Author(s): Lan Xiao, Tang Haiping, Liang Haoguang Urban agglomerations are both a new combination of regional units in economic and social development and regions with a series of highly concentrated ecological, economic, and social problems. Studies with a single urban ecosystem as the research object cannot fundamentally solve regional ecological problems. Therefore, urban agglomerations have provided a new perspective for studying regional ecosystems and their services. The importance and usage of...
Attached to or bound to a place? The impact of green space availability on residential duration: The environmental justice perspective
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: Available online 14 October 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): Edyta Łaszkiewicz, Jakub Kronenberg, Szymon Marcińczak Socioeconomic inequalities in residential duration may be a reflection of uneven opportunities to develop place attachment thanks to green space availability. This article evaluates the impact of urban green space availability on residential duration, and shows that this impact varies among socioeconomic groups. We used an econometric model to study relationships between geolocalized residential quality survey data and the objective...
Mapping air filtering in urban areas. A Land Use Regression model for Ecosystem Services assessment in planning
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: Available online 12 October 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): Stefano Salata, Silvia Ronchi, Andrea Arcidiacono The control of air quality in urban areas is drawing attention, as it generates significant benefits. Land use planning directly affects Ecosystem Services, particularly on air quality. Nonetheless, scientific knowledge of the effects derived by Land Use Changes on air quality is inadequate for planning proposals. This paper proposes an analytical application in the metropolitan area of Milan (North-west of Italy), one of the highly...
Editorial Board
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 27, Part A
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01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 27, Part A
Using ecosystem services to underpin cost–benefit analysis: Is it a way to protect finite soil resources?
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 27, Part A Author(s): S. Greenhalgh, O. Samarasinghe, F. Curran-Cournane, W. Wright, P. Brown Urban encroachment onto versatile land is a global challenge, and as the pressure to develop this land mounts there are moves to assess the broader impacts of these decisions. One common decision support tool for policy decisions is cost–benefit analysis (CBA), and despite criticisms of the approach it enjoys widespread use. Using a case of urban development onto versatile rural land in New Zealand, two issues relating...
Do charismatic species groups generate more cultural ecosystem service benefits?
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 27, Part A Author(s): James McGinlay, David J. Parsons, Joe Morris, Marie Hubatova, Anil Graves, Richard B. Bradbury, James M. Bullock The relationship between nature and cultural ecosystem service (CES) benefits is well accepted but poorly understood, as is the potential role of biodiversity in the relationship. By means of a public questionnaire survey in Wiltshire, UK, the relationship between the presence of a range of common species groups, species group ‘charisma’, group abundance in the landscape...
Optimizing provision of ecosystem services using modern portfolio theory
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 27, Part A Author(s): Sergio Alvarez, Sherry L. Larkin, Andrew Ropicki Portfolio selection is a flexible tool that can be used to support natural resource decision-making to optimize provision of ecosystem services. The natural resource portfolio literature includes applications in fisheries, forestry, agriculture, spatial planning, invasive pest and disease surveillance, climate change adaptation, and biodiversity conservation, among others. We contribute to this growing literature by proposing a set of essential...
Policy-driven China’s Grain to Green Program: Implications for ecosystem services
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 27, Part A Author(s): Bing Wang, Peng Gao, Xiang Niu, Jianni Sun The policy-driven China’s Grain to Green Program (GTGP) is one of the biggest programs in the world because of its massive scales, largest investment and enormous effects. One research concern surrounding the GTGP is how to evaluate its ecological implications for ecosystem services. Taking Yangtze and Yellow river basins as the study area, we provide an overview of the development status and demand for the GTGP, construct the evaluation index...
Ecosystem services of the Big Bend region of the Chihuahuan Desert
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 27, Part A Author(s): Nathan T. Taylor, Kendall M. Davis, Helena Abad, Maureen R. McClung, Matthew D. Moran Ecosystem services estimates have not been published for some biomes, notably desert ecosystems. The Chihuahuan bioregion, which is the largest desert in North America, exhibits high biodiversity and important cultural significance for parts of Mexico and the United States. With low levels of development, the Big Bend region is a relatively unmodified ecosystem, which makes it a good representative...
Integrating ecosystem services and human well-being into management practices: Insights from a mountain-basin area, China
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 27, Part A Author(s): Bojie Wang, Haiping Tang, Ying Xu The integration of ecosystem services and human well-being into local management and planning remains a challenge in mountain-basin areas. We described the spatial distribution of 8 ecosystem services and analyzed tradeoffs and synergies among them in 2005–2015 based on spatial data and statistical data. Using data from a questionnaire survey, we identified the perception of ecosystem services and assessed subjective well-being. We integrated ecosystem...
Going green? Ex-post valuation of a multipurpose water infrastructure in Northern Italy
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 27, Part A Author(s): Arnaud Reynaud, Denis Lanzanova, Camino Liquete, Bruna Grizzetti A contingent valuation approach is used to estimate how households value different multipurpose infrastructures (conventional or green) for managing flood risk and water pollution. As a case study we consider the Gorla Maggiore water park located in the Lombardy Region, in Northern Italy. The park is a neo-ecosystem including an infrastructure to treat waste water and store excess rain water, built in 2011 on the shore of the...
Governance services: Co-producing human well-being with ecosystem services
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 27, Part A Author(s): Simo Sarkki
Key Māori values strengthen the mapping of forest ecosystem services
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 27, Part A Author(s): Phil O'B. Lyver, Puke Timoti, Andrew M. Gormley, Christopher J. Jones, Sarah J. Richardson, Brenda L. Tahi, Suzie Greenhalgh Different value-belief systems influence the importance placed upon ecosystem services (ES) and their benefits, in particular cultural ecosystem services. We mapped forest values to interview narratives across four biocultural themes deemed relevant by Tuawhenua Māori in New Zealand: (1) importance of place; (2) capacity of forest to provide; (3) connection...

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