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An integrated approach to valuation and tradeoff analysis of ecosystem services for national forest decision-making
Publication date: October 2018Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 33, Part AAuthor(s): Christopher A. Armatas, Robert M. Campbell, Alan E. Watson, William T. Borrie, Neal Christensen, Tyron J. VennAbstractAn integrated approach to understanding ecosystem service values in Wyoming and Montana, USA is presented. The assessment encompasses a major river basin, and includes a synthesis of existing data and research related to the natural system and separate data collection efforts regarding the social and economic importance of ecosystem services. A holistic look at the social-ecological system...
Identifying governance challenges in ecosystem services management – Conceptual considerations and comparison of global forest cases
Publication date: August 2018Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 32, Part BAuthor(s): Thomas Falk, Joachim H. Spangenberg, Marianna Siegmund-Schultze, Susanne Kobbe, Til Feike, Daniel Kuebler, Josef Settele, Tobias VorlauferAbstractEcosystems around the world generate a wide range of services. Often, there are trade-offs in ecosystem service provision. Managing such trade-offs requires governance of interdependent action situations. We distinguished between (1) enhancing action situations where beneficiaries create, maintain, or improve an ESS and (2) appropriation action situations where...
Developed-developing world partnerships for sustainable development (3): Reducing carbon sequestration uncertainties in south Indian tropical dry evergreen forest
Publication date: August 2018Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 32, Part BAuthor(s): Mark Everard, James Longhurst, John Pontin, Wendy Stephenson, Joss Brooks, Molly ByrneAbstractClimate regulation services provided by tropical dry evergreen forest (TDEF), a threatened habitat of India’s Coromandel Coast, appear significant due to high carbon assimilation rates. International markets for climate regulation represent an ‘anchor service’ potentially promoting TDEF restoration, co-beneficially generating multiple linked ecosystem services. Understanding the forest type and carbon...
From pork to fork: The social experience of bundles of interacting ecosystem services through gastronomy
Publication date: August 2018Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 32, Part BAuthor(s): Ana Sofia Vaz, Emilie Crouzat, Frederico Santarém, Volker Grescho, Cláudia Carvalho-SantosAbstractThere is an increasing recognition that ecosystem services are inclusive and form bundles of services that deliver multiple contributions to people. Traditionally, the notion of bundles of services is grounded on biophysical assessments and less attention has been paid to the perspective of human experience and valuation of these bundles. Information about the benefits and values of bundles of services is...
Business attitudes towards funding ecosystem services provided by urban forests
Publication date: August 2018Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 32, Part BAuthor(s): Helen J. Davies, Kieron J. Doick, Malcolm D. Hudson, Marije Schaafsma, Kate Schreckenberg, Gregory ValatinAbstractUrban trees and woodlands provide a wide range of ecosystem services (ES) to society, for example, flood risk reduction, air purification, and moderation of urban heat islands. Despite this, local government budgets for tree planting and maintenance have declined in many cities throughout the world. Thus far, the academic literature has largely ignored whether businesses are willing to help...
A salience index for integrating multiple user perspectives in cultural ecosystem service assessments
Publication date: August 2018Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 32, Part BAuthor(s): Felipe A.S. Vieira, Chiara Bragagnolo, Ricardo A. Correia, Ana C.M. Malhado, Richard J. LadleAbstractCultural ecosystem services (CES) include non-material values such as recreation, aesthetic enjoyment, and spiritual fulfilment. Such values are culturally specific, and frequently difficult to measure and monetarize. The standard methodology to assess CES is through social surveys, though these are often costly, lack standardization and are geographically restricted. An alternative to surveys is to use...
Improving confidence by embracing uncertainty: A meta-analysis of U.S. hunting values for benefit transfer
Publication date: Available online 18 July 2018Source: Ecosystem ServicesAuthor(s): Christopher Huber, James Meldrum, Leslie RichardsonAbstractRecreational hunting in the United States has traditional and cultural importance, and generates substantial economic benefits to individual hunters themselves. This paper conducts a meta-analysis of existing nonmarket valuation estimates for hunting in the United States to explore sources and implications of variation and uncertainty in these estimates. A multi-level meta-regression model is estimated to forecast point estimates for different...
Future uncertainty in scenarios of ecosystem services provision: Linking differences among narratives and outcomes
Publication date: Available online 23 June 2018Source: Ecosystem ServicesAuthor(s): Zuzana V. Harmáčková, David VačkářAbstractFuture provision of ecosystem services (ES) has been increasingly analysed through the scenario approach to address uncertainties and to communicate them to stakeholders and decision-makers. Multiple uncertainty-related aspects of the scenario approach have been discussed in the literature, e.g. how uncertainty is accounted for in ES modelling processes. However, this contribution aims to address another uncertainty-related aspect of scenario analysis...
Non-monetary valuation using Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis: Using a strength-of-evidence approach to inform choices among alternatives
Publication date: Available online 21 June 2018Source: Ecosystem ServicesAuthor(s): D.M. Martin, M. MazzottaAbstractThis article demonstrates an approach to Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis that compares non-monetary ecosystem service (ES) outcomes for environmental decision making. ES outcomes are often inadequately defined and characterized by imprecision and uncertainty. Outranking methods enrich our understanding of the imperfect knowledge of ES outcomes by allowing decision makers to closely examine and apply preference measures to relationships among the outcomes. We explain the...
Zoning does not improve the availability of ecosystem services in urban watersheds. A case study from Upstate South Carolina, USA
Publication date: Available online 31 May 2018Source: Ecosystem ServicesAuthor(s): Melanie G. Brown, John E. QuinnAbstractWhen making governance decisions, such as land-use plans, policymakers must decide if and how to balance economic growth with environmental conservation. Often, and frequently not by choice, these decisions are made with limited or poor-quality data, which is often either too theoretical or too fine-scale, leading to poor land use planning within urban watersheds. As a case study of a governance technique, we analyzed the function of zoning on the relationship between...
Diet composition uncertainty determines impacts on fisheries following an oil spill
Publication date: Available online 28 May 2018Source: Ecosystem ServicesAuthor(s): Hem Nalini Morzaria-Luna, Cameron H. Ainsworth, Joseph H. Tarnecki, Arnaud GrüssAbstractOil spills can disrupt marine and coastal ecosystem services leading to reduced employment opportunities and income. Ecosystem models can be used to estimate the effects of oil pollution; however, uncertainty in model predictions may influence damage assessment. We performed an uncertainty analysis for the Atlantis ecosystem model of the Gulf of Mexico (Atlantis-GOM), under a scenario simulating the effects of the...
Implications of future climatic uncertainty on payments for forest ecosystem services: The case of the East Coast of New Zealand
Publication date: Available online 11 May 2018Source: Ecosystem ServicesAuthor(s): Juan J. Monge, Adam J. Daigneault, Leslie J. Dowling, Duncan R. Harrison, Shaun Awatere, Anne-Gaelle AusseilAbstractForestry’s long-term nature and associated uncertainties play against its consideration in land-use decisions. This study’s objective was assessing the implications of uncertainty on the feasibility of afforesting erodible land with natives. The New Zealand example has global relevance enabling: innovative statistical representation of climatic uncertainty, economic uncertainty analysis due...
Machine learning for ecosystem services
Publication date: Available online 5 May 2018Source: Ecosystem ServicesAuthor(s): Simon Willcock, Javier Martínez-López, Danny A.P. Hooftman, Kenneth J. Bagstad, Stefano Balbi, Alessia Marzo, Carlo Prato, Saverio Sciandrello, Giovanni Signorello, Brian Voigt, Ferdinando Villa, James M. Bullock, Ioannis N. AthanasiadisAbstractRecent developments in machine learning have expanded data-driven modelling (DDM) capabilities, allowing artificial intelligence to infer the behaviour of a system by computing and exploiting correlations between observed variables within it. Machine learning...
Probabilistic modeling of the relationship between socioeconomy and ecosystem services in cultural landscapes
Publication date: Available online 4 May 2018Source: Ecosystem ServicesAuthor(s): A.D. Maldonado, P.A. Aguilera, A. Salmerón, A.E. NicholsonAbstractThere is a strong relationship among cultural landscapes, socio-economy and the provision of ecosystem services. The goal of this paper is to study the relationships between socioeconomic changes and the generation of ecosystem services in cultural landscapes in Andalusia (Spain). In order to do that, a causal Object-Oriented Bayesian network (OOBN) approach was carried out. We proposed 3 socioeconomic scenarios: (i) no intervention (rural...
Playing before paying? A PES simulation game for assessing power inequalities and motivations in the governance of Ecosystem Services
Publication date: Available online 19 April 2018Source: Ecosystem ServicesAuthor(s): Pierre Merlet, Gert Van Hecken, René Rodriguez-FabilenaAbstractMarket-based conservation instruments, such as Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES), have become a dominant paradigm for environmental policies. Despite their broad endorsement, the implementation of PES schemes often rests on deep-seated power asymmetries and, therefore, risks reproducing existing inequalities. Thus, examination of PES should include how these schemes are constructed and negotiated between different actors, explicitly...
Citizens’ perspectives on marine protected areas as a governance strategy to effectively preserve marine ecosystem services and biodiversity
Publication date: Available online 6 April 2018Source: Ecosystem ServicesAuthor(s): Stefania ToninAbstractImproving and conserving marine ecosystems to maintain and promote their sustainability and to enhance or protect biodiversity and ecosystems’ services and functions is clearly a necessity. The importance of biodiversity in supporting ecosystem services and functioning has been established; thus, the worldwide creation of marine protected areas (MPAs), the goals of which vary with location, design, management, and compliance enforcement has been increasing. This paper explores the...
Learning on ecosystem services co-production in decision-making from role-playing simulation: Comparative analysis from Southeast Europe
Publication date: Available online 4 April 2018Source: Ecosystem ServicesAuthor(s): Elena Gissi, Vito GarramoneAbstractRole-playing simulations (RPSs)—a type of serious games—involve face-to-face mock decision making with multi-stakeholder negotiation. In decision making, they are often adopted to operate representations of central features of reality, highlighting rules and trade-offs, knowledge and learning-by-doing, motivations and negotiation processes.This study applies an RPS to investigate the mechanisms of activation of ecosystem services (ES) flow, as a result of co-production...
Bringing transparency into the process: Social network analysis as a tool to support the participatory design and implementation process of Payments for Ecosystem Services
Publication date: Available online 26 March 2018Source: Ecosystem ServicesAuthor(s): Barbara Schröter, Jennifer Hauck, Isabel Hackenberg, Bettina MatzdorfAbstractPayments for Ecosystem Services (PES) are criticized, amongst other reasons, for their basis in ideas suited to the neoliberal political economy and for the unequal distribution of power inherent in such models. However, PES can be a natural resource management approach that combines social and environmental objectives so that they not only serve to protect ecosystems such as tropical forests and wetlands but also to improve...
Uncertainties related to climate change and forest management with implications on climate regulation in Finland
Publication date: Available online 3 March 2018Source: Ecosystem ServicesAuthor(s): Jari Vauhkonen, Tuula PackalenAbstractForests play an important role in one of the most important ecosystem services, climate regulation. In order to mitigate climate change, various international agreements aim at decreasing emissions through Land-Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) activities. In a legislative proposal by the European Union, emissions from forests are accounted for in relation to an estimate of average emissions for a range of years in the past. However, different forest structures...
The role of legal aspects of Ecosystem Service in Brazil to achieve the sustainable development
Publication date: Available online 2 March 2016Source: Ecosystem ServicesAuthor(s): Beatriz Souza CostaAbstractThis paper aims to discuss how Brazilian politics has broadened the legal aspects of Ecosystem Services to achieve sustainable development.