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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...
What are the benefits of strictly protected nature reserves? Rapid assessment of ecosystem service values in Wanglang Nature Reserve, China
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 26, Part A Author(s): Peng Liu, Shiwei Jiang, Lianjun Zhao, Yunxi Li, Pingping Zhang, Li Zhang Despite broad recognition that nature reserves protect local biodiversity and rare species effectively, the wider benefits and costs provided by this conservation approach relative to alternative approaches are not well understood. This study addressed this research gap by quantifying differences in ecosystem services provision of two alternative conservation management approaches in a strictly protected nature reserve...
Future impacts of changing land-use and climate on ecosystem services of mountain grassland and their resilience
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 26, Part A Author(s): Uta Schirpke, Marina Kohler, Georg Leitinger, Veronika Fontana, Erich Tasser, Ulrike Tappeiner Although the ecosystem services provided by mountain grasslands have been demonstrated to be highly vulnerable to environmental and management changes in the past, it remains unclear how they will be affected in the face of a combination of further land-use/cover changes and accelerating climate change. Moreover, the resilience of ecosystem services has not been sufficiently analysed under future...
A need for equal consideration of ecosystem disservices and services when valuing nature; countering arguments against disservices
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 26, Part A Author(s): Thomas Schaubroeck The ecosystem disservice concept has been introduced, reflecting negative effects of ecosystems on human well-being. However, it does not really seem embraced in some current relevant valuations of nature. In two prominent policy-oriented papers that present clear messages in favour of nature, more precisely ecosystems, consideration of negative effects on human well-being, whether or not called disservices, seems minimized or neglected. Consequently, in this work, arguments are...
Enhancing ecosystem services through targeted bioenergy support policies
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 26, Part A Author(s): Alex Baumber While policy-makers in the bioenergy sector have paid considerable attention over the past decade to the risks that energy cropping can pose to forests, soils and food security, there has been less focus on how bioenergy policies can be designed to enhance ecosystem services. Some perennial energy crops have demonstrated the potential to provide habitat for biodiversity, improve soil health, enhance water quality, mitigate dryland salinity and sequester carbon. While much uncertainty...
How natural capital delivers ecosystem services: A typology derived from a systematic review
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 26, Part A Author(s): A.C. Smith, P.A. Harrison, M. Pérez Soba, F. Archaux, M. Blicharska, B.N. Egoh, T. Erős, N. Fabrega Domenech, Á.I. György, R. Haines-Young, S. Li, E. Lommelen, L. Meiresonne, L. Miguel Ayala, L. Mononen, G. Simpson, E. Stange, F. Turkelboom, M. Uiterwijk, C.J. Veerkamp, V. Wyllie de Echeverria There is no unified evidence base to help decision-makers understand how the multiple components of natural capital interact to deliver ecosystem services. We...
The economic value of ecosystem goods and services: The case of Mogale’s Gate Biodiversity Centre, South Africa
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 26, Part A Author(s): Shepherd Mudavanhu, James Blignaut, Nerine Stegmann, Garth Barnes, Willem Prinsloo, Alistair Tuckett Natural capital provides various ecosystem goods and services essential to the survival of mankind. In most cases, however, the markets for natural capital are incomplete. As a result, ecosystem goods and services are being enjoyed “freely”. Here we assess the economic value of the ecosystem goods and services of Mogale’s Gate Biodiversity Centre (MGBC) in South Africa using direct...
Neglected ecosystem services: Highlighting the socio-cultural perception of mangroves in decision-making processes
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 26, Part A Author(s): Luciana de Souza Queiroz, Sergio Rossi, Laura Calvet-Mir, Isabel Ruiz-Mallén, Sara García-Betorz, Júlia Salvà-Prat, Antônio Jeovah de Andrade Meireles Despite the increasing recognition of the need to conserve mangroves, degradation has continued during the last two decades due to ineffective and non-inclusive decision-making processes exclusively based on economic factors. The purpose of the present study is to give tools to mangrove conservation management and policy, exploring...
Dynamic changes in the value of China’s ecosystem services
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 26, Part A Author(s): Gaodi Xie, Caixia Zhang, Lin Zhen, Leiming Zhang This study initiated a dynamic assessment method of ecosystem service values (ESV), based on an analogy with the labor theory of value, by modifying and developing the method of equivalence factor per unit area. Using such method, the monthly values from 11 categories of ecosystem services provided by China’s ecosystems in 2010 were dynamically estimated. The results indicated that (1) a total ESV of 5.63 trillion US dollars annually was...
Tools for spatially modeling ecosystem services: Publication trends, conceptual reflections and future challenges
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 26, Part A Author(s): Vivian Ochoa, Nicolás Urbina-Cardona We analyze scientific literature that report tools to spatially model ecosystem services (ES). In the 65 articles reviewed, the most used model starting in 2001 was SWAT and starting in 2009 the most commonly used was InVEST. Eighty percent of the scientific articles have been published from 2010 to 2015 suggesting that spatial modeling of ES is an emergent research field. Only 4 of the 9 tools encountered in our review are backed by papers, the others only...
So you want your research to be relevant? Building the bridge between ecosystem services research and practice
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 26, Part A Author(s): Lydia Olander, Stephen Polasky, James S. Kagan, Robert J. Johnston, Lisa Wainger, David Saah, Lynn Maguire, James Boyd, David Yoskowitz There is growing demand for information regarding the impacts of decisions on ecosystem services and human benefits. Despite the large and growing quantity of published ecosystem services research, there remains a substantial gap between this research and the information required to support decisions. Research often provides models and tools that do...
Ecosystem potentials to provide services in the view of direct users
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 26, Part A Author(s): Andrzej Norbert Affek, Anna Kowalska The study aimed to determine how direct users of local ecosystems perceive the potentials of those ecosystems to provide services, and how their assessments are influenced by different factors (i.e. socio-demographic characteristics, the actual use of services and proximity to particular ecosystems). To elicit social values we carried out a door-to-door questionnaire survey among residents and visitors (N=251) staying in Wigry National Park and its vicinity...
Economic valuation of cultural ecosystem service changes to a landscape in the Swiss Alps
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 26, Part A Author(s): Susanne Rewitzer, Robert Huber, Adrienne Grêt-Regamey, Jan Barkmann Traditionally managed agrarian landscapes provide several cultural ecosystem services (CES). Still, CES are often not adequately considered in decision-making – partly because of challenges in their quantification and economic valuation. We show that a state-of-the-art application of an economic valuation method to CES can generate meaningful data for supporting real-world, regional decision-making processes. After...
Ecosystem model analysis of multi-use forestry in a changing climate
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 26, Part A Author(s): Fredrik Lagergren, Anna Maria Jönsson The challenge of multi-use forestry is to fulfil a range of economic, ecologic and social goals in a sustainable way, accounting for synergies and trade-offs among the ecosystem services provided. Climate changes add to the complexity via effects on forest ecosystem processes, such as primary production and respiration, and also by adding a new goal on the agenda: the role of forests in climate mitigation. In recent years, the generation of climate model...

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