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7 questions for energy concept in ecosystems science
Publication date: February 2020Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 41Author(s): John E. CoulterAbstractSeven questions that fall in the gap between economics and the science of physics and chemistry are posed in a search for eventual improved insight into the processes providing ecosystem services. Economics and science are like two different cultures that both began in an era of awe at Newtonian physics. Economics has continued with models based on that while science has made giant steps into new levels of discovery. The paths of scientific revolution have been bumpy and ad hoc...
The importance of livelihood strategy and ethnicity in forest ecosystem services’ perceptions by local communities in north-western Cameroon
Publication date: December 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 40Author(s): Aida Cuni-Sanchez, Alain Senghor K. Ngute, Bonaventure Sonké, Moses Nsanyi Sainge, Neil D. Burgess, Julia A. Klein, Rob MarchantAbstractHuman culture has an important influence on how forests are utilised, yet its influence on ecosystem service (ES) use and valuation remains underexplored. We address this gap by investigating how livelihood strategy and ethnicity affect local peoples’ perceptions of forest ES in Cameroon. Data were collected through 20 focus-group discussions in villages of farmers (Oku and...
Risk assessment concerning urban ecosystem disservices: The example of street trees in Berlin, Germany
Publication date: December 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 40Author(s): Peer von Döhren, Dagmar HaaseAbstractUrban green infrastructure, including street trees, is thought to play an important role in providing urban ecosystem services (UES) such as carbon sequestration and air quality improvement. The concept of urban ecosystem disservices (UEDS) is comparably new in landscape ecology. Research into UEDS assessment is low compared to that of UES. This paper demonstrates an approach to assess the distribution of UEDS risks caused by street trees within the city of Berlin. The...
Changing use of ecosystem services along a rural-urban continuum in the Indian Trans-Himalayas
Publication date: December 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 40Author(s): Ranjini Murali, Kulbushansingh Suryawanshi, Stephen Redpath, Harini Nagendra, Charudutt MishraAbstractUrbanization is changing the use of ecosystem services, especially in previously remote mountain areas in Asia, Africa, and South America that are now more accessible. Change in ES use is not uniform across society, but is impacted by socio-economic factors like income. We sought to understand changes in ES use along a gradient of urbanization, and as related to income differences along this gradient. Our study...
Perceiving the invisible: Formal education affects the perception of ecosystem services provided by native areas
Publication date: December 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 40Author(s): Flávia Pereira Lima, Rogério Pereira BastosAbstractLandowners' decisions reshape landscapes, affecting the distribution and maintenance of ecosystem services (ESs). In Brazil, 53% of all remaining native vegetation is on private farms, reinforcing the importance of these stakeholders. The aim of this study was to identify landowners’ perceptions of the native areas on their properties as sources of ESs, to support future conservationist management strategies. We tested whether personal variables (gender, age...
Towards an understanding of the spatial relationships between natural capital and maritime activities: A Bayesian Belief Network approach
Publication date: December 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 40Author(s): Jordan Gacutan, Ibon Galparsoro, Arantza Murillas-MazaAbstractEconomic activities are dependent upon natural capital (NC), which are responsible for ‘Ecosystem Services’ (ES). Understanding dependencies on NC provides insight into the ecosystem’s capacity to maintain and develop activities into the future. To determine ‘NC dependencies’, we present a framework linking maritime activities (bottom trawling, artisanal fisheries, aquaculture and tourism) to their demand for ES and further, to the NC...
Servicescape of the Greater Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem: Visualizing the linkages between land use, biodiversity and the delivery of wildlife-related ecosystem services
Publication date: December 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 40Author(s): R. May, C. Jackson, K. Bevanger, E. RøskaftAbstractUnderstanding how anthropogenic activities and management actions influence the delivery of ecosystem services is complicated by the interrelated nature of diverse factors. We present a Bayesian Belief Network to highlight the likely consequences of a set of interventions on four wildlife-related ecosystem (dis)services and for supporting biodiversity and human welfare in the Greater Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem. According to the model, core protected areas are...
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.
Capability of the Polish Legal System to introduce the ecosystem services approach into the Environmental Management System
Publication date: Available online 28 February 2016Source: Ecosystem ServicesAuthor(s): Małgorzata Stępniewska, Iwona Zwierzchowska, Andrzej MizgajskiExtended abstractFollowing the example of strategic papers in the EU, Polish strategic papers have started to postulate the implementation of the ecosystem services (ES) approach. Until now, the term “ecosystem services” has not been presented in Polish legal acts. However, current regulations allow for this approach (although not in a direct way) to be taken into consideration to a significant extent. The aim of this paper is to show...
Assessment of multi-level legal mechanisms for the protection of ecosystem services in China
Publication date: Available online 28 February 2016Source: Ecosystem ServicesAuthor(s): Mingqing YouAbstractThe Chinese environmental law recognizes the value of ecosystem services and provides a multi-level system of legal mechanisms. Differentiation of land use, the accountability of local government and their political leaders for the environment, including the ecosystem services capacity, the payment for ecosystem services through transfer payments or market mechanism, the tort liability for the disruption of ecosystem, and criminal liability for disruption of the ecosystem are the...
Ecosystem service valuation framework applied to a legal case in the Anchicaya region of Colombia
Publication date: Available online 28 February 2016Source: Ecosystem ServicesAuthor(s): David Toledo, Tania Briceño, German Ospina