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Twenty years of ecosystem services: How far have we come and how far do we still need to go?
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 28, Part A Author(s): Robert Costanza, Rudolf de Groot, Leon Braat, Ida Kubiszewski, Lorenzo Fioramonti, Paul Sutton, Steve Farber, Monica Grasso It has been 20years since two seminal publications about ecosystem services came out: an edited book by Gretchen Daily and an article in Nature by a group of ecologists and economists on the value of the world’s ecosystem services. Both of these have been very highly cited and kicked off an explosion of research, policy, and applications of the idea, including...
Monetary value of urban green space as an ecosystem service provider: A case study of urban runoff management in Finland
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 28, Part A Author(s): Sveta Silvennoinen, Maija Taka, Vesa Yli-Pelkonen, Harri Koivusalo, Markku Ollikainen, Heikki Setälä The predicted increase in the number of urban flood events can result in substantial monetary losses to society. These costs may be alleviated by preserving ecosystem services, such as urban runoff management. We studied the monetary value of this ecosystem service by applying the replacement cost method in six catchments with varying land-use intensities in two cities in Finland. The...
Modelling feedback processes underpinning management of ecosystem services: The role of participatory systems mapping
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 28, Part A Author(s): Rita Lopes, Nuno Videira Ecosystem services are dynamically interdependent. When conducting studies on ecosystem services valuation and assessment, the interdependencies and feedback structures underpinning ecosystem functioning should be identified and explicitly considered in management processes, especially when the goal is to pursue a plural and integrative approach that accounts for multiple values. This paper explores the role of a participatory system dynamics modelling approach...
Mechanisms mediating the contribution of ecosystem services to human well-being and resilience
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 28, Part A Author(s): Giacomo Fedele, Bruno Locatelli, Houria Djoudi Human benefits from ecosystems result from complex interactions between ecological and social processes. People affect ecosystems’ capacity to deliver services that contribute to the well-being of humans and their resilience. The delivery of ecosystem services (ES) has often been considered asa linear and direct flow from nature to people without feedbacks or human inputs. We adjusted the widely used ES cascade to highlight how humans mediate...
Challenges for developing Forest Stewardship Council certification for ecosystem services: How to enhance local adoption?
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 28, Part A Author(s): Sini Savilaakso, Manuel R. Guariguata The rise of ecosystem services (ES) as a conservation and management tool has changed the way forests are conceived, but so far its translation into management actions has been limited. In this paper, we discuss the development of certification of forest ecosystem services (FES) from the perspective of those implementing it at the local level. We focus on the lessons that emerged from applying the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification framework at...
Trade-offs and synergies among ecosystem services under different forest management scenarios – The LEcA tool
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 28, Part A Author(s): Xi Pang, Eva-Maria Nordström, Hannes Böttcher, Renats Trubins, Ulla Mörtberg Forests provide a multitude of ecosystem services. In Sweden, the goal to replace fossil fuels could induce substantial changes in the current management and use of forests. Therefore, methods and tools are needed to assess synergies and trade-offs between ecosystem services for policy and planning alternatives. The aim of this study was to develop methods for integrated sustainability assessment of forest...
Citizen science for assessing ecosystem services: Status, challenges and opportunities
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 28, Part A Author(s): Matthias Schröter, Roland Kraemer, Martin Mantel, Nadja Kabisch, Susanne Hecker, Anett Richter, Veronika Neumeier, Aletta Bonn Citizen science approaches provide opportunities to support ecosystem service assessments. To evaluate the recent trends, challenges and opportunities of utilizing citizen science in ecosystem service studies we conducted a systematic literature and project review. We reviewed the range of ecosystem services and formats of participation in citizen science in...
A theoretical framework for researching cultural ecosystem service flows in urban agglomerations
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 28, Part A Author(s): Lan Xiao, Tang Haiping, Liang Haoguang Urban agglomerations are both a new combination of regional units in economic and social development and regions with a series of highly concentrated ecological, economic, and social problems. Studies with a single urban ecosystem as the research object cannot fundamentally solve regional ecological problems. Therefore, urban agglomerations have provided a new perspective for studying regional ecosystems and their services. The importance and usage of...
Operationalising ecosystem services for effective management of protected areas: Experiences and challenges
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 28, Part A Author(s): Uta Schirpke, Davide Marino, Angelo Marucci, Margherita Palmieri, Rocco Scolozzi Protected areas are crucial for biodiversity conservation and the provision of ecosystem services (ES), but management efforts seem not to be sufficient. To increase management effectiveness, the ES framework offers new promising environmental governance instruments, however, the operational use is still poorly integrated in the management of protected areas. This study used a framework designed for Natura...
The value of ecosystem services in the high altitude Spiti Valley, Indian Trans-Himalaya
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 28, Part A Author(s): Ranjini Murali, Stephen Redpath, Charudutt Mishra The high mountain ranges of South and Central Asia are increasingly being exposed to large-scale development projects. These areas are home to traditional pastoralist communities and internationally important biodiversity including the endangered snow leopard Panthera uncia. Development projects rely on economic cost-benefit analysis, but the ecosystem services in the high Himalayas are poorly understood and are rarely accounted for. As a first...
A latent class analysis of public attitudes toward water resources with implications for recreational demand
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 28, Part A Author(s): Oren Ehrlich, Xiang Bi, Tatiana Borisova, Sherry Larkin This study examines the extent to which heterogeneous perceptions and opinions toward water resource policy influence recreational demand in a river basin, and the associated valuation of ecosystem services. We first employed a latent class analysis to reveal two distinct groups of respondents that differ in their perceptions and opinions despite similar demographic characteristics. We then estimated a recreational demand model that is...
Integrating methods for ecosystem service assessment: Experiences from real world situations
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: Available online 15 November 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): Rob Dunford, Paula Harrison, Alison Smith, Jan Dick, David N. Barton, Berta Martin-Lopez, Ezsther Kelemen, Sander Jacobs, Heli Saarikoski, Francis Turkelboom, Wim Verheyden, Jennifer Hauck, Paula Antunes, Réka Aszalós, Ovidu Badea, Francesc Baró, Pam Berry, Laurence Carvalho, Giulio Conte, Bálint Czúcz, Gemma Garcia Blanco, Dave Howard, Relu Giuca, Erik Gomez-Baggethun, Bruna Grizetti, Zita Izakovicova, Leena Kopperoinen, Johannes...
Socio-geographic indicators to evaluate landscape Cultural Ecosystem Services: A case of Mekong Delta, Vietnam
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: Available online 11 November 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): Loc Ho Huu, Thomas J. Ballatore, Kim N. Irvine, Thi Hong Diep Nguyen, Thi Cam Tien Truong, Shimizu Yoshihisa Too often, taxonomies treat cultural aspects of Ecosystem Services (ES) as a broadly labeled, residual category after accounting for other utilitarian benefits. Such an approach overlooks several important inter-relationships among the largely different integrated components of cultural ES, i.e. recreational, spiritual, education concerns, etc. In this paper, the need of more...
Analysing urban green space accessibility and quality: A GIS-based model as spatial decision support for urban ecosystem services in Brussels
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: Available online 6 November 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): Philip Stessens, Ahmed Z. Khan, Marijke Huysmans, Frank Canters With the majority of people living in cities, urban green spaces are the primary source of contact with nature. Access to ecosystem services provided by urban green spaces is increasingly perceived as an important factor for quality of life, and it is a key component of sustainable urban design and planning. This paper presents a novel GIS-based tool to evaluate accessibility to – and quality of – urban green spaces. To...
The densification normative of the ecosystem services concept in Brazil: Analyses from legislation and jurisprudence
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: Available online 6 November 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): Alexandre Altmann, Márcia Silva Stanton The concept of ecosystem services acquired a growing attention in Brazil in the last fifteen years. This fact was observed in the development of legal norms and court decisions throughout the country. Using the theory of densification normative by Thibierge et al. (2013), this paper analyses the theory’s seven parameters in two legal sources – legislation and jurisprudence – which identify a densification normative process over the concept of...
Knowledge needs for the operationalisation of the concept of ecosystem services
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: Available online 27 October 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): Esther Carmen, Allan Watt, Laurence Carvalho, Jan Dick, Ioan Fazey, Gemma Garcia-Blanco, Bruna Grizzetti, Jennifer Hauck, Zita Izakovicova, Leena Kopperoinen, Camino Liquete, David Odee, Eveliene Steingröver, Juliette Young As environmental challenges and their management are increasingly recognised as complex and uncertain, the concept of ecosystem services has emerged from within scientific communities and is gaining influence within policy communities. To better...
Understanding how access shapes the transformation of ecosystem services to human well-being with an example from Costa Rica
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: Available online 26 October 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): Marta Berbés-Blázquez, Martin J. Bunch, Peter R. Mulvihill, Garry D. Peterson, Berna van Wendel de Joode Increasingly, ecosystem services have been applied to guide poverty alleviation and sustainable development in resource-dependent communities. Yet, questions of access, which are paramount in determining benefits from the production of ecosystem services, remain theoretically underdeveloped. That is, ecosystem assessments typically have paid little attention to identifying real or...
Selecting methods for ecosystem service assessment: A decision tree approach
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: Available online 21 October 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): Paula A. Harrison, Rob Dunford, David N. Barton, Eszter Kelemen, Berta Martín-López, Lisa Norton, Mette Termansen, Heli Saarikoski, Kees Hendriks, Erik Gómez-Baggethun, Bálint Czúcz, Marina García-Llorente, David Howard, Sander Jacobs, Martin Karlsen, Leena Kopperoinen, Andes Madsen, Graciela Rusch, Michiel van Eupen, Peter Verweij, Ron Smith, Diana Tuomasjukka, Grazia Zulian A range of methods are available for assessing ecosystem services...
Mapping human influence intensity in the Tibetan Plateau for conservation of ecological service functions
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: Available online 21 October 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): Shicheng Li, Yili Zhang, Zhaofeng Wang, Lanhui Li Human activities pose severe threats to ecosystems. As the Earth’s third pole, the Tibetan Plateau (TP) provides various ecosystem services for human beings, including water resources for nearly 40% of the world’s population. In this study, four categories of human pressures on the environment were analyzed firstly and then summed cumulatively to map the human influence intensity (HII) in the TP for 1990–2010 at county and 1 km scales...
Providing ecosystem services in a challenging environment by dealing with bundles, trade-offs, and synergies
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: Available online 18 October 2017 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): Alejandro Gonzalez-Ollauri, Slobodan B. Mickovski The provision of ecosystem services (ES) relies upon the adequate functioning of multifunctional ecosystems and landscapes. Multifunctional ecosystems are prone to the emergence of ES bundles, trade-offs, and synergies due to various ecological and socio-ecological drivers. Dealing effectively with ES bundles, in general, and the interactions between ES, in particular, is crucial to achieve high degrees of sustainability and resilience by human...

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