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Uncertainty assessment in ecosystem services analyses: Seven challenges and practical responses
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 24 Author(s): Perrine Hamel, Benjamin P. Bryant Ecosystem services (ES) analyses are increasingly used to address societal challenges, but too often are not accompanied by uncertainty assessment. This omission limits the validity of their findings and may undermine the ‘science-based’ decisions they inform. We summarize and analyze seven commonly perceived challenges to conducting uncertainty assessment that help explain why it often receives superficial treatment in ES studies. We connect these challenges to...
Ecosystem service tradeoff between grazing intensity and other services - A case study in Karei-Deshe experimental cattle range in northern Israel
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 24 Author(s): Itai Divinsky, Nir Becker, Pua Bar (Kutiel) Grasslands cover around 25% of the earth's land surface and provide many essential Ecosystem Services (ES) to human well-being. Changes in grazing intensity have led to changes in biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, resulting in loss of some of these ES. This emphasizes the need for grassland management schemes that aim to maximize economic returns from grasslands while maintaining ecosystem functioning, but tools to assess the tradeoffs between economic...
Quantification of ecosystem services: Beyond all the “guesstimates”, how do we get real data?
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 24 Author(s): Philippe C. Baveye
Towards a national strategy to optimise the management of a widespread invasive tree (Prosopis species; mesquite) in South Africa
01. April 2017
Publication date: Available online 22 February 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): Ross T. Shackleton, David C. Le Maitre, Brian W. van Wilgen, David M. Richardson Invasive stands of Prosopis (mesquite) cover over 6 million ha of South Africa and could invade over 56 million ha. These invasive stands have major impacts on biodiversity, local livelihoods and ecosystem services. We applied several methods to develop an objective basis for a national strategy to prioritise and guide the management of Prosopis. Decision trees were used for assigning different control...
Developed-developing world partnerships for sustainable development (1): An ecosystem services perspective
01. April 2017
Publication date: Available online 20 February 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): Mark Everard, James Longhurst, John Pontin, Wendy Stephenson, Joss Brooks Developing-developed world partnerships potentially present win-win opportunities for addressing climate-active gas emissions at lower cost whilst propelling developing nations on a lower-carbon trajectory, as carbon emissions, capture and storage are geographically independent. Expanded PES (payment for ecosystem service) principles provides a framework for assessing the transparency and efficacy of partnerships...
Application of the ecosystem service concept for climate protection in Germany
01. April 2017
Publication date: Available online 4 February 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): Sophie Schetke, Heera Lee, Wanda Graf, Sven Lautenbach The implementation of the ecosystem services (ES) concept in planning and administration has gained momentum in Germany, so far the focus has been on landscape planning. We extend this research by exploring other legal domains such as urban planning and climate protection strategies and focus on climate protection and the use of renewable energies. This study analyzes all existing (n=13) climate protection laws and their drafts on...
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01. Februar 2017
Publication date: February 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 23
Ecosystem service importance and use vary with socio-environmental factors: A study from household-surveys in local communities of South Africa
01. Februar 2017
Publication date: February 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 23 Author(s): Sylvanus Mensah, Ruan Veldtman, Achille Ephrem Assogbadjo, Cori Ham, Romain Glèlè Kakaï, Thomas Seifert Ecosystem services (ESs) underpin human livelihoods around the world. Understanding how socio-environmental aspects influence stakeholders’ perceptions and use of ESs, is important for decision-making processes that target the social expectations. In this study, face-to-face interviews were conducted with eighty-six householders in four villages of Limpopo province (South Africa), to...
Justifying social values of nature: Economic reasoning beyond self-interested preferences
01. Februar 2017
Publication date: February 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 23 Author(s): Bernd Hansjürgens, Christoph Schröter-Schlaack, Augustin Berghöfer, Nele Lienhoop Demonstrating that conservation is not only beneficial for nature but also for human well-being is as much desirable as it is challenging. Undoubtedly, using economic numbers hold some great promises, there is, however, a considerable number of critical reflections on using economic thinking to promote nature conservation. A recent aspect within these critics is that economic theory has failed on appreciating the...
Physical and monetary ecosystem service accounts for Europe: A case study for in-stream nitrogen retention
01. Februar 2017
Publication date: February 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 23 Author(s): Alessandra La Notte, Joachim Maes, Silvana Dalmazzone, Neville D. Crossman, Bruna Grizzetti, Giovanni Bidoglio In this paper we present a case study of integrated ecosystem and economic accounting based on the System of Environmental Economic Accounting — Experimental Ecosystem Accounts (SEEA-EEA). We develop accounts, in physical and monetary terms, for the water purification ecosystem service in Europe over a 20-year time period (1985–2005). The estimation of nitrogen retention is based on...
Can payments for ecosystem services schemes mimic markets?
01. Februar 2017
Publication date: February 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 23 Author(s): Gabriela Scheufele, Jeff Bennett A Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) scheme can be understood as a mechanism that performs the role of a ‘market’ for Ecosystem Services (ES) in circumstances where such a market would otherwise fail to develop. We investigate the potential for and limits of PES schemes to act in lieu of competitive markets and propose a PES scheme design that mimics markets. This is achieved by applying their underpinning concepts of demand and supply to the determination of...
Effects of green space dynamics on urban heat islands: Mitigation and diversification
01. Februar 2017
Publication date: February 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 23 Author(s): Ranhao Sun, Liding Chen Understanding how green spaces affect urban temperature is crucial for assessing thermal benefits of landscape planning. This study investigated green space dynamics and land surface temperature (LST) in the Beijing metropolis. Landscape types were classified from QuickBird (2002) and IKONOS (2012) images and LST values were extracted from Landsat TM images. Five landscape types were obtained in this region including impervious land (IL), forest land (FL), grass land (GL), water...
The impact of land use/land cover change on ecosystem services in the central highlands of Ethiopia
01. Februar 2017
Publication date: February 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 23 Author(s): Terefe Tolessa, Feyera Senbeta, Moges Kidane Ecosystems provide a wide range of services that are important for human-well being. Estimating the multiple services obtained from ecosystems is vital to support decision-making processes at different levels. This study analyzes land use/land cover (LU/LC) dynamics over four decades (i.e., 1973, 1986, 2001, 2015) to assess its impact on ecosystem services. Ecosystem Service Values (ESV) was determined using LU/LC analysis and established global data base...
Shades of grey challenge practical application of the cultural ecosystem services concept
01. Februar 2017
Publication date: February 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 23 Author(s): Malgorzata Blicharska, Richard J. Smithers, Marcus Hedblom, Henrik Hedenås, Grzegorz Mikusiński, Eja Pedersen, Per Sandström, Johan Svensson Despite rapid advances in development of the ecosystem services (ES) concept, challenges remain for its use in decision making. Cultural ES (CES) have proven particularly difficult to pin down and resultant “shades of grey” impede their consideration by decision-makers. This study undertakes a literature review of CES to highlight the shades of...
Market-based instruments for the governance of coastal and marine ecosystem services: An analysis based on the Chinese case
01. Februar 2017
Publication date: February 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 23 Author(s): Ruiqian Li, Margo van den Brink, Johan Woltjer Scholars and policy makers have increasingly emphasized the role of market-based instruments (MBIs) for the governance of ecosystem services (ESs). Limited focus however exists on a systematic understanding of how coastal and marine governance facilitates MBIs to sustain ESs. This paper develops a framework for analyzing the governance of MBIs on the basis of four distinctive aspects, including price, regulatory support, coordination, and spatial...
Assessing mismatches in ecosystem services proficiency across the urban fabric of Porto (Portugal): The influence of structural and socioeconomic variables
01. Februar 2017
Publication date: February 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 23 Author(s): Marisa S. Graça, João F. Gonçalves, Paulo J.M. Alves, David J. Nowak, Robert Hoehn, Alexis Ellis, Paulo Farinha-Marques, Mario Cunha Knowledge regarding Ecosystem Services (ES) delivery and the socio-ecological factors that influence their proficiency is essential to allow cities to adopt policies that lead to resource-efficient planning and greater resilience. As one of the matrix elements of urban ecological structure, vegetation may play a major role in promoting ES proficiency through...
Integrating ecosystem services and disservices: insights from plant invasions
01. Februar 2017
Publication date: February 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 23 Author(s): Ana S. Vaz, Christoph Kueffer, Christian A. Kull, David M. Richardson, Joana R. Vicente, Ingolf Kühn, Matthias Schröter, Jennifer Hauck, Aletta Bonn, João P. Honrado There is growing interest in ecosystem disservices, i.e. the negative effects of ecosystems on humans. The focus on disservices has been controversial because of the lack of clarity on how to disentangle ecosystem services and disservices related to human wellbeing. A perspective that considers both services and...
Coupling stakeholder assessments of ecosystem services with biophysical ecosystem properties reveals importance of social contexts
01. Februar 2017
Publication date: February 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 23 Author(s): M.A. Cebrián-Piqueras, L. Karrasch, M. Kleyer We asked whether different stakeholders perceive ecosystem services in similar ways and how these perceptions relate to measured ecosystem properties. Farmers and conservationists were asked to state (1) their preference for ecosystem services and (2) their perception about the value of several grassland vegetation units in providing these services. Additionally, biophysical parameters were collected on 46 plots. Structural equation models were applied to...
Valuing ecosystem services for improved national accounting: A pilot study from Madagascar
01. Februar 2017
Publication date: February 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 23 Author(s): Laura Onofri, Glenn Marie Lange, Rosimeiry Portela, Paulo A.L.D. Nunes The present paper proposes a micro-econometric methodology for the economic valuation of the impact of ecosystem services in selected economic sectors. In the context of natural capital and ecosystem accounting, we built a four steps valuation protocol. The methodology is applied to the valuation of freshwater in the Ankeniheny-Zahamena Forestry Corridor (CAZ), Madagascar – a country partner with the Wealth Accounting and the...
Analysing scale, quality and diversity of green infrastructure and the provision of Urban Ecosystem Services: A case from Mexico City
01. Februar 2017
Publication date: February 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 23 Author(s): Rafael Calderón-Contreras, Laura Elisa Quiroz-Rosas Fostering urban resilience requires a social-ecological systems approach that considers the ecological and social feedbacks of cities. In this paper we argue that Urban Ecosystem Services (UES) could increase urban resilience; and that resilient UES depends directly on the quantity, quality and diversity of the green infrastructure that produces them. The case of the western boundaries of Mexico City is used to map and assess these issues. We...

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