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A common framework of natural capital assets for use in public and private sector decision making
Publication date: April 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 36Author(s): Katie Leach, Annelisa Grigg, Brian O'Connor, Claire Brown, James Vause, Jonathan Gheyssens, Lauren Weatherdon, Martin Halle, Neil D. Burgess, Ruth Fletcher, Sebastian Bekker, Steven King, Matt JonesAbstractNatural capital assets are currently under pressure globally. This pressure may result in changes in the function of ecological systems and associated ecosystem services, resulting in changes in the benefits derived by people. The loss of natural capital also translates into economic and business risk. While...
A novel tool for measuring the penetration of the ecosystem service concept into public policy
Publication date: April 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 36Author(s): François-Nicolas Robinne, Louise Gallagher, Christian Bréthaut, Martin A. SchlaepferAbstractThe ecosystem services (ES) concept has gained traction amongst stakeholders involved in environmental regulation, yet little is known about the extent to which the ES concept has been translated into public policy. Here, we present a new online database of policy documents related to ES: GlobaLDES ( The database was created in 2016 and compiled through a crowdsourced process. Learners...
Farmland abandonment decreases the fire regulation capacity and the fire protection ecosystem service in mountain landscapes
Publication date: April 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 36Author(s): Ângelo Sil, Paulo M. Fernandes, Ana Paula Rodrigues, Joaquim M. Alonso, João P. Honrado, Ajith Perera, João C. AzevedoAbstractThis study explored and applied the concepts of Fire Regulation Capacity (FRC) and Fire Protection Ecosystem Service (FPES) in the assessment of the effects of landscape change in a mountain fire-prone landscape in Portugal. We adopted a modeling and simulation approach using BFOLDS-FRM with landscape data for years 1990 and 2006 (observed) and with three landscape scenarios for 2020...
Conceptualizing ‘sense of place’ in cultural ecosystem services: A framework for interdisciplinary research
Publication date: April 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 36Author(s): Frances Ryfield, David Cabana, John Brannigan, Tasman CroweAbstractIn this paper we aim to establish a conceptual and practical framework for investigating sense of place as a category of cultural ecosystem services, drawing upon transdisciplinary research on assessing cultural value and ecosystem change in the Irish Sea. We examine sense of place as a material phenomenon, embedded in and expressive of the relationship between determining ecological conditions of particular locations and the determining social and...
Untangling the motivations of different stakeholders for urban greenspace conservation in sub-Saharan Africa
Publication date: April 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 36Author(s): Solène Guenat, Andrew J. Dougill, William E. Kunin, Martin DallimerAbstractUrban expansion is threatening ecosystem service delivery, especially in sub-Saharan Africa where urbanisation rates are among the fastest globally. Greenspaces offer opportunities to prioritise ecosystem services for city residents. However, the success of greenspace conservation is more often driven by their acceptability to a range of stakeholders than by scientific evidence, highlighting the need to acknowledge multiple perspectives...
The value of China’s coastal wetlands and seawalls for storm protection
Publication date: April 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 36Author(s): Xin Liu, Yebao Wang, Robert Costanza, Ida Kubiszewski, Ning Xu, Meihua Yuan, Ruiying GengAbstractChina has relied on seawalls for storm protection along its coasts for decades. In contrast, the storm protection functions of coastal wetlands are often ignored by decision makers in China. We examined 127 historical storms with consequent economic loss to China from 1989 to 2016 and estimated the value of coastal wetlands with controlling for seawalls for storm protection. A regression model with the natural log of...
Disaggregating livelihood dependence on ecosystem services to inform land management
Publication date: April 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 36Author(s): Brian E. Robinson, Hua Zheng, Wenjia PengAbstractThe direct links between ecosystem services and households’ well-being have long been discussed, but documentation remains sparse. This paper outlines a practical method for estimating the value of ecosystem services as they contribute to household livelihoods in rural regions. Measuring these links at the household level enables disaggregated assessment of how ecosystem services relate to household wellbeing. To demonstrate the method, we use a unique dataset of...
Applying integrated valuation of ecosystem services in Latin America: Insights from 21 case studies
Publication date: April 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 36Author(s): Alexander Rincón-Ruiz, Paola Arias-Arévalo, Juan Manuel Núñez Hernández, Helena Cotler, Mateo Aguado Caso, Paula Meli, Alejandra Tauro, Víctor Daniel Ávila Akerberg, V. Sophie Avila-Foucat, Johanna Paola Cardenas, Luis Alfonso Castillo Hernández, Luis Guillermo Castro, Victor Alfonso Cerón Hernández, Andrea Contreras Araque, Jimena Deschamps-Lomeli, J. Mauricio Galeana-Pizaña, Keila Guillén Oñate, José Antonio Hernández Aguilar, Aldo Daniel Jimenez, Luis Ángel López MathambaAbstractRecent progress...
Systematic review of integrated studies on functional and thematic ecosystem services in Latin America, 1992–2017
Publication date: April 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 36Author(s): María Perevochtchikova, Gabriela De la Mora-De la Mora, José Álvaro Hernández Flores, Wilmer Marín, Alfonso Langle Flores, Arturo Ramos Bueno, Iskra Alejandra Rojo NegreteAbstractThis article presents a systematic review of scientific publications on the ecosystem services topic with an integrated approach in Latin American countries for the period 1992–2017. Ecosystem services were subdivided into functional (provisioning, regulating, supporting and cultural) and thematic (biodiversity, hydrological, carbon...
Adding the temporal dimension to spatial patterns of payment for ecosystem services enrollment
Publication date: April 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 36Author(s): Mauricio M. Núñez-Regueiro, Robert J. Fletcher, Elizabeth F. Pienaar, Lyn C. Branch, José N. Volante, Sami RifaiAbstractPayments for Ecosystem Services (PES) programs are increasingly emphasized to address challenges of conserving forests. However, concerns remain regarding the ability of PES programs to ensure long-term conservation of threatened lands. Evaluation of large-scale PES programs, including the spatial and temporal patterns of enrollment, is scarce, especially for programs that aim to protect forest...
Ecosystem services in the Arctic: a thematic review
Publication date: April 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 36Author(s): Laura Malinauskaite, David Cook, Brynhildur Davíðsdóttir, Helga Ögmundardóttir, Joe RomanAbstractThe study presents the first systematic review of the existing literature on Arctic ES. Applying the Search, Appraisal, Synthesis and Analysis (SALSA) and snowballing methods and three selection criteria, 33 publications were sourced, including peer-reviewed articles, policy papers and scientific reports, and their content synthesised using the thematic analysis method. Five key themes were identified: (1) general...
A dynamic eco-compensation standard for Hani Rice Terraces System in southwest China
Publication date: April 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 36Author(s): Moucheng Liu, Weiwei Liu, Lun Yang, Wenjun Jiao, Siyuan He, Qingwen MinAbstractAgricultural land provides not only food and fiber, but also various non-market commodities with characteristics of externalities or public goods. However, more and more chemical inputs lead to frequent environmental pollution. Thus, in order to incentivise farmers to engage in ecological agriculture to provide more ecosystem services, it’s necessary to pay farmers for their loss to change current cultivation approach. This paper...
Spatial assessment of the impact of land use and land cover change on supply of ecosystem services in Phewa watershed, Nepal
Publication date: April 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 36Author(s): Kiran Paudyal, Himlal Baral, Santosh P. Bhandari, Anil Bhandari, Rodney J. KeenanAbstractCommunity-managed forested landscapes are complex social-ecological systems that supply a variety of ecosystem services (ES) to society. The flow of these services depends on land use and land cover (LULC) changes, ecological factors such as types, pattern and composition of vegetation, as well as anthropogenic factors. ES assessment helps to deal with the complexity of the interrelationships among LULC, ES supply and societal...
Valuing sports services in urban parks: A new model based on social network data
Publication date: April 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 36Author(s): Peichao Dai, Shaoliang Zhang, Huping Hou, Yongjun Yang, Run LiuAbstractAccess to sports and fitness activities is vital for individual well-being in crowded and stressful modern cities, but there has been little research exploring the valuation of sports services within cultural ecosystem services. The availability of social network data from mobile personal training applications opens the door to a new basis for research. For this paper, we used 934 data samples collected by the Codoon fitness application from...
Agroforestry is paying off – Economic evaluation of ecosystem services in European landscapes with and without agroforestry systems
Publication date: April 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 36Author(s): Sonja Kay, Anil Graves, João H.N. Palma, Gerardo Moreno, José V. Roces-Díaz, Stéphanie Aviron, Dimitrios Chouvardas, Josep Crous-Duran, Nuria Ferreiro-Domínguez, Silvestre García de Jalón, Vlad Măcicăşan, María Rosa Mosquera-Losada, Anastasia Pantera, Jose Javier Santiago-Freijanes, Erich Szerencsits, Mario Torralba, Paul J. Burgess, Felix HerzogAbstractThe study assessed the economic performance of marketable ecosystem services (ES) (biomass production) and non-marketable ecosystem services and...
Navigating pluralism: Understanding perceptions of the ecosystem services concept
Publication date: April 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 36Author(s): Jacob Ainscough, Aster de Vries Lentsch, Marc Metzger, Mark Rounsevell, Matthias Schröter, Ben Delbaere, Rudolf de Groot, Jan StaesAbstractBeing open to multiple interpretations allows the ecosystem services concept to operate as a boundary object, facilitating communication and cooperation between different user groups. Yet there is a risk the resultant pluralism limits the capacity of ecosystem services assessments to directly inform decision and policy making, and that the concept could be used to support...
Valuating aesthetic benefits of cultural ecosystem services using conservation culturomics
Publication date: April 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 36Author(s): Yuno DoAbstractAesthetic benefits are expressed as subtle, individual emotions, opinions, and perceptions of natural areas. Our study demonstrates that Internet-based data, such as photographs, brief texts in microblogs and Internet search trends, can reflect an aesthetic judgment of natural areas. Facial expressions in photographs indicate the first emotions viewers experienced when they encountered a natural area. Sentiments expressed in text on social media provide organized data on the feelings and opinions...
Water quality trading schemes as a form of state intervention: Two case studies of state-market hybridization from Canada and New Zealand
Publication date: April 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 36Author(s): B. Tabaichount, S.L.R. Wood, C. Kermagoret, V. Kolinjivadi, J.F. Bissonnette, A. Zaga Mendez, J. DuprasAbstractThe agricultural sector is considered as an important contributor to diffuse nutrient pollution within watersheds. While hierarchical models of environmental governance are costly to implement when targeting diffuse pollution, market-based water quality trading (WQT) is viewed as a win–win solution. Based on economic incentives, WQT promoters suggest that it offers greater flexibility to implicated...
Ecosystem disservices matter: Towards their systematic integration within ecosystem service research and policy
Publication date: April 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 36Author(s): Julien Blanco, Nicolas Dendoncker, Cécile Barnaud, Clélia SiramiAbstractEcosystem disservices (EDS) highlight the negative effects of nature on human well-being. Like ecosystem services (ES), EDS impact economic and non-economic aspects of human life within social-ecological systems (SES). The concept of EDS has been much debated, with strongly differing opinions regarding its utility and implications. In this opinion paper, we emphasize its relevance and complementarity to the ES concept for analyzing SES, and...
Ecosystem services approach in Latin America: From theoretical promises to real applications
Publication date: February 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 35Author(s): Federico Weyland, Matías Enrique Mastrangelo, Alejandra Denise Auer, María Paula Barral, Laura Nahuelhual, Alejandra Larrazábal, Aníbal Francisco Parera, Lina María Berrouet Cadavid, Connie Paola López-Gómez, Clara Villegas Palacio