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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...
Strategic water source areas for urban water security: Making the connection between protecting ecosystems and benefiting from their services
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: Available online 10 August 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): Jeanne L. Nel, David C. Le Maitre, Dirk J. Roux, Christine Colvin, Janis S. Smith, Lindie B. Smith-Adao, Ashton Maherry, Nadia Sitas Strategic water source areas are those areas that have a relatively high natural runoff in the region of interest, which is made accessible for supporting the region’s population or economy. These areas contribute substantially to development needs, often far away from the source. This disconnect between ecosystem service supply and use means that the...
Putting ecosystem services into practice: Trade-off assessment tools, indicators and decision support systems
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: Available online 8 August 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): Luis Inostroza, Hannes J. König, Brian Pickard, Lin Zhen
Legal framing for achieving ‘good ecological status’ for Malaysian rivers: Are there lessons to be learned from the EU Water Framework Directive?
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: Available online 7 August 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): Rasyikah Md Khalid, Mazlin Bin Mokhtar, Faridah Jalil, Suhaimi Ab Rahman, Christopher Spray River degradation and loss of ecosystem services due to pollution and deforestation poses a great challenge for a holistic and sustainable river basin management. In Malaysia, about two third of its rivers are categorized as slightly polluted or polluted and this has led to the loss of ecosystem services in many of its river basins, notably in the rapidly developed Langat River Basin. The general...
The means determine the end – Pursuing integrated valuation in practice
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: Available online 4 August 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): Sander Jacobs, Berta Martín-López, David N. Barton, Robert Dunford, Paula A. Harrison, Eszter Kelemen, Heli Saarikoski, Mette Termansen, Marina García-Llorente, Erik Gómez-Baggethun, Leena Kopperoinen, Sandra Luque, Ignacio Palomo, Joerg A. Priess, Graciela M. Rusch, Patrizia Tenerelli, Francis Turkelboom, Rolinde Demeyer, Jennifer Hauck, Hans Keune, Ron Smith In environmental valuation, although it is well recognised that the choice of method heavily...
Towards systematic analyses of ecosystem service trade-offs and synergies: Main concepts, methods and the road ahead
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: Available online 3 August 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): Anna F. Cord, Bartosz Bartkowski, Michael Beckmann, Andreas Dittrich, Kathleen Hermans-Neumann, Andrea Kaim, Nele Lienhoop, Karla Locher-Krause, Jörg Priess, Christoph Schröter-Schlaack, Nina Schwarz, Ralf Seppelt, Michael Strauch, Tomáš Václavík, Martin Volk Ecosystem services (ES), the benefits that humans obtain from nature, are of great importance for human well-being. The challenge of meeting the growing human demands for natural resources while sustaining...
Editorial Board
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 26, Part A
Contents
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 26, Part A
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...

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