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The Ecosystems revolution, Mark Everard. Palgrave MacMIllan, ISBN 978-3-319-31657-4
01. Juni 2017
Publication date: June 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 25 Author(s): Leon C. Braat
Stakeholders’ perceptions of ecosystem services and Pangasius catfish farming development along the Hau River in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam
01. Juni 2017
Publication date: June 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 25 Author(s): Nguyen Thi Kim Quyen, Håkan Berg, Wenresti Gallardo, Chau Thi Da This study identifies stakeholders’ perceptions of ecosystem services (ESS) along the Mekong River in Vietnam. It evaluates trade-offs made between ESS under different Pangasius catfish development scenarios, and stakeholders’ preferences to these scenarios. The study was conducted through interviews, focus group discussions and a questionnaire survey with 150 households. Rice cultivation and Pangasius catfish farming were identified...
Integrating supply and social demand in ecosystem services assessment: A review
01. Juni 2017
Publication date: June 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 25 Author(s): Hejie Wei, Weiguo Fan, Xuechao Wang, Nachuan Lu, Xiaobin Dong, Yanan Zhao, Xijia Ya, Yifei Zhao As a result of the unsustainable way in which natural resources are consumed, the gaps between the supply and social demand of ecosystem services (ES) are gradually widening. In this regard, studies have increasingly assessed both ES supply and demand comprehensively. This current review covers recent case studies about the integrated assessment of ES supply and demand (IAESSD), which is defined as...
The use of meteorological data to assess the cooling service of forests
01. Juni 2017
Publication date: June 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 25 Author(s): Xuehui Sun, Xueming Li, Zhangnan Guan, Jian Liu, Shuping Zhang The climate regulation effects of forests have been extensively studied. Many evaluation methods exist to assess the climate regulation service on regional and global scales. However, the processes driving local scale effects are poorly understood. We established a new method, which combined the cooling effects of forest and cooling costs to assess the value of climate regulation of a local scale forest. The inhabitable value of cooling...
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
Are diverse ecosystems more valuable? Economic value of biodiversity as result of uncertainty and spatial interactions in ecosystem service provision
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 24 Author(s): Bartosz Bartkowski Economic valuation mostly focuses on specific ecosystems, species or the services they provide. The diversity within ecosystems is viewed as a valuation object less frequently. In this paper, it is argued that the economic value of biodiversity highlights the relevance of the temporal and spatial dimensions in ecosystem service provision. A framework is presented in which the economic value of biodiversity is the result of uncertainty about the future, regarding both supply of and demand...
New methods for valuing, and for identifying spatial variations, in cultural services: A case study of the Great Barrier Reef
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 24 Author(s): Diane Jarvis, Natalie Stoeckl, Hong-Bo Liu Estimating values for ecosystem services (ES) can contribute to the decision making process, reducing the risk that ES benefits are overlooked. For ES with no (direct or indirect) links to markets, valuation is a non-trivial exercise. Traditional methods require the use of hypothetical markets; the life satisfaction (LS) approach does not. LS has previously been used to estimate the value of regulating ES, but to the best of our knowledge has never been used to...
Demand and supply of cultural ecosystem services: Use of geotagged photos to map the aesthetic value of landscapes in Hokkaido
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 24 Author(s): Nobuhiko Yoshimura, Tsutom Hiura We proposed a mapping method for landscape aesthetic demand and potential supply area based on viewsheds, which is a direct method that provides robust results. Moreover, we mapped the aesthetic value of Hokkaido as a case study in Asia. The Aichi Biodiversity Target refers to the importance of ecosystem service (ES) mapping methodologies. However, ES mapping in policy and practice has rarely been reported. Robust, reliable indicators are required. Recently, studies...
Assessing the importance of cultural ecosystem services in urban areas of Beijing municipality
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 24 Author(s): Yuehan Dou, Lin Zhen, Rudolf De Groot, Bingzhen Du, Xiubo Yu The world is rapidly urbanising, with both positive and negative consequences. One major challenge is how to secure the long-term quality of life for urban residents. Many studies on quality of life are based on ‘material’ ecosystem services (i.e., provisioning and regulating services), with less attention paid to the non-material benefits gained from nature (e.g., green and blue spaces), which have been called cultural ecosystem...
Water assessment in a peri-urban watershed in Mexico City: A focus on an ecosystem services approach
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 24 Author(s): Julieta Jujnovsky, Alya Ramos, Ángela Caro-Borrero, Marisa Mazari-Hiriart, Manuel Maass, Lucía Almeida-Leñero Among hydrological ecosystem services, water supply is one of the most relevant to society because of its role in human wellbeing; accordingly, it has been significantly modified worldwide. There has been a recent increase in the necessity of combining methods and tools to create interdisciplinary evaluations of water ecosystem services, especially in developing countries where there is...
Valuation of fish production services in river basins: A case study of the Columbia River
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 24 Author(s): Cedar Morton, Duncan Knowler, Cecile Brugere, David Lymer, Devin Bartley This study uses a bio-economic model to assess the capacity of the Columbia River to provide a selection of four ecosystem services and estimates the actual use of those services in terms of net economic welfare. Our findings reinforce the observation that Columbia River habitat supports production of valuable fish species that provide: (i) food production from commercial fishing, (ii) recreational fishing, (iii) tribal...
Economic analysis of mangrove and marine fishery linkages in India
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 24 Author(s): Lavanya Ravikanth Anneboina, K.S. Kavi Kumar Mangroves support and enhance fisheries by serving as a breeding ground and nursery habitat for marine life. The mangrove-fishery link has been well established in the ecological literature. This paper, however, employs an economic analysis to examine the role of mangroves in increasing marine fish output in India. Using secondary data on marine fish production and fishery resources, two distinct but related issues are analysed: i) the effectiveness of mangroves...
Quantification of the potential impact of nature conservation on ecosystem services supply in the Flemish Region: A cascade modelling approach
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 24 Author(s): Jan Staes, Steven Broekx, Katrien Van Der Biest, Dirk Vrebos, Beauchard Olivier, Leo De Nocker, Inge Liekens, Lien Poelmans, Kris Verheyen, Panis Jeroen, Patrick Meire Ecological networks of protected areas are critical elements to protect biodiversity. To achieve a minimal performance of such networks, measures and investments are necessary for nature restoration and management. The concept of ecosystem service (ES) can provide additional arguments for investments in ecological networks...
Awareness of greater numbers of ecosystem services affects preferences for floodplain management
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 24 Author(s): Daniel R. Richards, Philip H. Warren, Lorraine Maltby, Helen L. Moggridge People’s preferences for different habitat management scenarios determine the way that floodplain habitats are managed, and the ecosystem services that they provide. Making people aware of a greater number of ecosystem services may encourage them to design habitat management that better balances the provision of conflicting services. To investigate the impacts of ecosystem service information on people’s preferences for...
Ecosystem service bundles along the urban-rural gradient: Insights for landscape planning and management
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 24 Author(s): Francesc Baró, Erik Gómez-Baggethun, Dagmar Haase A key challenge of landscape planning and management is coping with multiple ecosystem service (ES) potentials and needs in complex social-ecological systems such as urban regions. However, few studies have analyzed both the supply and demand sides of ES bundles, i.e., sets of associated ES that repeatedly appear together across time or space. This paper advances a framework to identify, map and assess ES bundles from a supply-demand approach to inform...
Assessing the sensitivity of ecosystem services to changing pressures
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 24 Author(s): Tara Hooper, Nicola Beaumont, Charly Griffiths, Olivia Langmead, Paul J. Somerfield The ecosystem services approach is widely recognised as a concept, but more attention must be given to the development of tools to facilitate practical implementation if the approach is to become more widely used to support decision-making. A key component of natural resource management is understanding the implications of changing levels of pressures on ecosystem components, which is achieved through sensitivity...
Heterogeneity in resident perceptions of a bio-cultural heritage in Hong Kong: A latent class factor analysis
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 24 Author(s): Wendy Y. Chen, Junyi Hua There is an increasing recognition of ecosystem services provided by urban trees and their importance to urban resilience and sustainability through the preservation and enhancement of biological diversity so as to withstand disturbances and retain ecosystem functions as well as guarantee the well-being of current and future urban dwellers. However, the heterogeneous perceptions that urban residents may hold towards various ecosystem services have seldom been investigated. This...
Economic value of ecosystem services, minerals and oil in a melting Arctic: A preliminary assessment
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 24 Author(s): Tanya O’Garra The Arctic region is composed of unique marine and terrestrial ecosystems that provide a range of services to local and global populations. However, Arctic sea-ice is melting at an unprecedented rate, threatening many of these ecosystems and the services they provide. This short communication provides a preliminary assessment of the quantity, distribution and economic value of key ecosystem services as well as geological resources such as oil and minerals provided by Arctic ecosystems to...

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