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Look beyond peer-reviewed literature and traditional validation when assessing ecosystem services modeling efforts: A response to Ochoa and Urbina-Cardona’s review
01. April 2018
Publication date: April 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 30, Part A Author(s): Benjamin P. Bryant, Perrine Hamel, Lisa Mandle Ochoa and Urbina-Cardona’s recent review of tools for spatially modeling ecosystem services calls out lack of validation and transparency as key issues that the community needs to address. While important, we argue that some issues they identify as worrisome are a result of how the peer-reviewed literature selectively represents applied and decision-relevant modeling efforts. We identify several considerations that we believe will benefit reviewers...
Evidence of economic benefits for public investment in MPAs
01. April 2018
Publication date: April 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 30, Part A Author(s): Nicolas Pascal, Angelique Brathwaite, Luke Brander, Andrew Seidl, Maxime Philip, Eric Clua MPAs enhance some of the Ecosystem Services (ES) provided by coral reefs and clear, robust valuations of these impacts may help to improve stakeholder support and better inform decision-makers. Pursuant to this goal, Cost-Benefit Analyses (CBA) of MPAs in 2 different contexts were analysed: a community based MPA with low tourism pressure in Vanuatu, and a government managed MPA with relatively high...
Mapping ecosystem services supply chains for coastal Long Island communities: Implications for resilience planning
01. April 2018
Publication date: April 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 30, Part A Author(s): Anthony Dvarskas Ecosystem services have become an important component of planning discussions at local, state, national and international levels. These services have also more recently figured into discussions of community resilience to hazard events. For the majority of ecosystem services, some contribution of human capital inputs, which we term Enabling Economic Inputs (EEIs) in this paper, are necessary to convert the raw ecosystem service flow into an ecosystem service benefit obtained by people...
Tradeoff analysis between electricity generation and ecosystem services in the Lower Mekong Basin
01. April 2018
Publication date: April 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 30, Part A Author(s): Apisom Intralawan, David Wood, Richard Frankel, Robert Costanza, Ida Kubiszewski The Mekong River is the largest freshwater fishery and the third most bio-diverse river system in the world. Two of 11 planned mainstream hydropower projects, Xayaburi and Don Sahong, are nearly completed and a third project proposal, Pak Beng, has been submitted by the Lao PDR government for consideration. This paper builds on previous studies and examines the tradeoffs (between water use, food security supply...
Valuing ecosystem services from blue forests: A systematic review of the valuation of salt marshes, sea grass beds and mangrove forests
01. April 2018
Publication date: April 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 30, Part A Author(s): Amber Himes-Cornell, Linwood Pendleton, Perla Atiyah Coastal ecosystems provide a number of life-sustaining services, from which benefits to humans can be derived. They are often inhabited by aquatic vegetation, such as mangroves, sea grasses and salt marshes. Given their wide geographic distribution and coverage, there is need to prioritize conservation efforts. An understanding of the human importance of these ecosystems can help with that prioritization. Here, we summarize a literature review...
Participatory multi-criteria decision aid: Operationalizing an integrated assessment of ecosystem services
01. April 2018
Publication date: April 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 30, Part A Author(s): Johannes Langemeyer, Ignacio Palomo, Sergio Baraibar, Erik Gómez-Baggethun Ongoing ecosystem alterations underscore the need for ecosystem service assessment to urgently enter policy-making. Participatory methods and a systematic inclusion of stakeholders are crucial yet underdeveloped cornerstones of environmental decision making. This study aims at conducting a transparent and legitimized integrated assessment of ecosystem services that rigorously involves stakeholder knowledge and values in...
Marine recreational ecosystem service value estimation: A meta-analysis with cultural considerations
01. April 2018
Publication date: Available online 16 February 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): Stephen Hynes, Andrea Ghermandi, Daniel Norton, Heidi Williams Marine and coastal ecosystems provide a wide variety of recreational opportunities that are highly valued by society. For the purposes of conducting a meta-analysis we build an extensive global dataset of marine recreational ecosystem service values from the literature. Using this database we developed a number of meta-regression specifications with the objective of evaluating the study specific effects of location, ecosystem...
Recreational ecosystem services in European cities: Sociocultural and geographical contexts matter for park use
01. April 2018
Publication date: Available online 10 February 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): L.K. Fischer, J. Honold, A. Botzat, D. Brinkmeyer, R. Cvejić, T. Delshammar, B. Elands, D. Haase, N. Kabisch, S.J. Karle, R. Lafortezza, M. Nastran, A.B. Nielsen, A.P. van der Jagt, K. Vierikko, I. Kowarik The role of urban parks in delivering cultural ecosystem services related to outdoor recreation is widely acknowledged. Yet, the question remains as to whether the recreational opportunities of parks meet the demands of increasingly multicultural societies and...
Exploring ecosystem services assessment through Ecological Footprint accounting
01. April 2018
Publication date: Available online 10 February 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): Maria Serena Mancini, Alessandro Galli, Luca Coscieme, Valentina Niccolucci, David Lin, Federico Maria Pulselli, Simone Bastianoni, Nadia Marchettini Ecosystem services are the benefits that humans derive from Nature. In the last decades, research efforts have been made to better understand the connections between the natural sphere and the human sphere as well as to propose novel approaches to measure the value of ecosystem services. While economic valuation has so far been the...
Five reasons why the Science publication “Assessing nature’s contributions to people” (Diaz et al. 2018) would not have been accepted in Ecosystem Services
01. April 2018
Publication date: Available online 9 February 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): Leon C. Braat
An integrated biophysical and ecosystem approach as a base for ecosystem services analysis across regions
01. April 2018
Publication date: Available online 9 February 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): Dor Fridman, Meidad Kissinger In an interconnected world, the ‘food system’ sustainability of any given region is increasingly dependent on ecosystem services originated from supporting regions in different parts of the world. However, commonly used research approaches, such as place based ecosystem service assessments and interregional biophysical accounting, have limited capacity to capture the complex interactions across regions. This research addresses this gap by integrating a global...
Corrigendum to “Ecosystem services of the big bend region of the chihuahuan desert” [Ecosyst. Services 27 (2017) 48–57]
01. April 2018
Publication date: Available online 3 February 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): Nathan T. Taylor, Kendall M. Davis, Helena Abad, Maureen R. McClung, Matthew D. Moran
Editorial Board
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 29, Part B
Editorial Board
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 29, Part A
Contents
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 29, Part B
Contents
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 29, Part A
Legal aspects of ecosystem services: An introduction and an overview
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 29, Part B Author(s): Volker Mauerhofer This introductory contribution to a Special Issue (SI) titled “Legal Aspects of Ecosystem Services” intends to provide both a short introduction on the SI-topic as well as a brief overview on the content of each paper therein. The introduction aims to provide an overall entry point into the topic from a legal as well as an interdisciplinary perspective. It first offers initial insights into the relationship between the rule of law as one socially constructed normative...
Ecosystem valuation: Changing discourse in a time of climate change
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 29, Part A Author(s): Maja Vinde Folkersen Alternative ecosystem valuation methodology can inform policy choices to better reflect local needs, improve living standards and facilitate more effective climate change adaptation strategies. In the context of the South Pacific Island Countries and their reliance on marine resources, this paper outlines the urgent need for exploring alternative ecosystem valuation methodology. The objective behind alternative ecosystem valuation methodology is to enable a more comprehensive...
The law, ecosystem services and ecosystem functions: An in-depth overview of coverage and interrelation
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 29, Part B 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...
Non-monetary valuation using Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis: Sensitivity of additive aggregation methods to scaling and compensation assumptions
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 29, Part A Author(s): D.M. Martin, M. Mazzotta Analytical methods for Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) support the non-monetary valuation of ecosystem services for environmental decision making. Many published case studies transform ecosystem service outcomes into a common metric and aggregate the outcomes to set land use planning and environmental management priorities. Analysts and their stakeholder constituents should be cautioned that results may be sensitive to the methods that are chosen to perform the...

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