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The use of ecosystem services concepts in Canadian municipal plans
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Publication date: August 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 38Author(s): Kate Thompson, Kate Sherren, Peter N. DuinkerAbstractThe potential of land-use planning to implement ecosystem services (ES) knowledge is mostly unfulfilled. Examining how ES concepts are currently applied can provide practical and theoretical insights for supporting their further integration. The purpose of our research was to establish the use of ES concepts in Canadian municipal planning policy. We conducted a content analysis of extant Canadian municipal plans to understand the language used to express ES...
Gender-specific perspectives of mangrove ecosystem services: Case study from Bua Province, Fiji Islands
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Publication date: August 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 38Author(s): Jasmine Pearson, Karen E. McNamara, Patrick D. NunnAbstractIn many Pacific Island Countries, mangroves deliver ecosystem goods and services that are essential to the livelihoods of local people. For coastal and rural communities throughout Fiji, it is common for women to be the main caretakers of mangroves, and to access and utilise their resources on a regular basis. This paper explores local perspectives of Fijian men and women on the use, benefit and value of mangrove ecosystems. Across six rural villages...
Effects of land use and land cover change on ecosystem services in the Koshi River Basin, Eastern Nepal
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Publication date: August 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 38Author(s): Bhagawat Rimal, Roshan Sharma, Ripu Kunwar, Hamidreza Keshtkar, Nigel E. Stork, Sushila Rijal, Syed Ajijur Rahman, Himlal BaralAbstractThe provision of ecosystem services is directly related to the type of land use and land cover and management practices in a given area. Changes in land use and land cover can alter the supply of ecosystem services and affect the well-being of both humanity and nature. This study analyses the spatiotemporal variations of land use and land cover and quantifies the change in three...
Are we seeing the whole picture in land-sea systems? Opportunities and challenges for operationalizing the ES concept
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Publication date: August 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 38Author(s): Virginia Alonso Roldán, David E. Galván, Priscila F.M. Lopes, Jaime López, Angelina Sanderson Bellamy, Federico Gallego, Ana Cinti, Pía Rius, Barbara Schröter, Mateo Aguado, Andrea Muñoz Barriga, Jeremy Pittman, Giovanni Ávila-Flores, Connie Paola López-Gómez, María Eva GóngoraAbstractThe concept of Ecosystem Services (ES) highlights that human wellbeing depends on nature and is a ‘whole system aware’ view. Land-sea systems are examples of complex systems including interfaces that can be perceived...
Using social media, machine learning and natural language processing to map multiple recreational beneficiaries
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Publication date: August 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 38Author(s): Arjan S. Gosal, Ilse R. Geijzendorffer, Tomáš Václavík, Brigitte Poulin, Guy ZivAbstractInformation and numbers on the use and appreciation of nature are valuable information for protected area (PA) managers. A promising direction is the utilisation of social media, such as the photo-sharing website Flickr. Here we demonstrate a novel approach, borrowing techniques from machine learning (image analysis), natural language processing (Latent Semantic Analysis (LSA)) and self-organising maps (SOM), to collect and...
Dissecting price setting efficiency in Payments for Ecosystem Services: A meta-analysis of payments for watershed services in Latin America
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Publication date: August 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 38Author(s): Julia Martin-Ortega, Thijs Dekker, Elena Ojea, Altea Lorenzo-ArribasAbstractDespite the increasing scholarly attention that Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) are receiving, little is yet known about the process of price setting. This is key knowledge that relates directly to the economic efficiency of an instrument that is spreading widely worldwide. Through a meta-analysis of payments for forest watershed services in Latin America, this study finds that there exists a very substantial difference between the...
Is it just about the money? A spatial-economic approach to assess ecosystem service tradeoffs in a marine protected area in Brazil
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Publication date: August 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 38Author(s): L. Outeiro, J. Garcia Rodrigues, L.M.A. Damásio, P.F.M. LopesAbstractA spatial-economic analysis, together with a social assessment, was used to understand the tradeoffs between different marine ecosystem services (recreation, harvestable fish, and fisheries-related cultural services) in marine protected areas (MPA), using the Brazilian MPA of Fernando de Noronha as a case study. In this MPA, tourism activities, including the profitable shark-diving activity, occur alongside small-scale fisheries that are operated...
Evaluating the cultural ecosystem services of India: Comparison of budget allocations to improve the use value of recreational open spaces
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Publication date: August 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 38Author(s): Divya Subramanian, Arnab JanaAbstractRecreational open spaces (ROS) like parks and playgrounds are vital cultural ecosystem services. Provision of universally accessible, safe and inclusive green public spaces is one of the SDGs. There is a gap in the identification of the qualitative and quantitative aspects that impact the ‘Use Value’ of cultural ecosystem service like ROS. Comparative analysis of the budget allocation of ROS in Mumbai, Bangalore, and Chennai was conducted and further corroborated with the...
Does the economic benefit of biodiversity enhancement exceed the cost of conservation in planted forests?
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Publication date: August 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 38Author(s): Richard T. Yao, Riccardo Scarpa, Duncan R. Harrison, Rhys J. BurnsAbstractThis study evaluates a proposed programme that would sustain and enhance the provision of ecosystem services in planted forests. We focused on the evaluation of the benefits and costs of the conservation of the New Zealand brown kiwi, an iconic yet threatened bird species that inhabits planted forests. Yao et al. (2014) found that a sample of 209 New Zealand (NZ) households would, on average, financially support a brown kiwi conservation...
Agroecological management improves ecosystem services in almond orchards within one year
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Publication date: August 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 38Author(s): Vincent De Leijster, Maria João Santos, Martin J. Wassen, Maria Eugenia Ramos-Font, Ana Belén Robles, Mario Díaz, Maartje Staal, Pita A. VerweijAbstractThere is an increasing body of studies that show that land use intensification and homogenisation in agriculture landscapes, aimed at increasing food provisioning, decline other ecosystem services. Agroecological management has been proposed as an alternative to conventional agricultural management because of its presumed capacity to rehabilitate degraded...
Money, use and experience: Identifying the mechanisms through which ecosystem services contribute to wellbeing in coastal Kenya and Mozambique
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Publication date: August 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 38Author(s): Tomas Chaigneau, Katrina Brown, Sarah Coulthard, Tim M. Daw, Lucy SzaboovaAbstractDespite extensive recent research elucidating the complex relationship between ecosystem services and human wellbeing, little work has sought to understand how ecosystem services contribute to wellbeing and poverty alleviation. This paper adopts concepts from the “Theory of Human Need” and the “Capability Approach” to both identify the multitude of links occurring between ecosystem services and wellbeing domains, and to...
Perceptions of ecosystem services provided by tropical forests to local populations in Cameroon
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Publication date: August 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 38Author(s): Simon Lhoest, Marc Dufrêne, Cédric Vermeulen, Johan Oszwald, Jean-Louis Doucet, Adeline FayolleAbstractIn Central Africa, local populations are deeply dependent on tropical forests, which provide numerous ecosystem services (ES). For the first time in Central Africa, we assessed the perceptions of ES provided by tropical forests to local populations, considering three land allocation types: a protected area, a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified logging concession, and three community forests. We...
Aggregate effects on ecosystem services from certification of tea farming in the Upper Tana River basin, Kenya
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Publication date: August 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 38Author(s): Louise Willemen, Neville D. Crossman, Deanna Newsom, David Hughell, Johannes E. Hunink, Jeffrey C. MilderAbstractAgriculture sustainability standards and certification are increasingly used by the private sector and civil society to incentivize and support environmental conservation and improved rural. However, evidence of impact is limited by methodological challenges that hamper the quantification of certification-induced changes, especially beyond farm level. This paper aims to explore the changes to soil and...
How to articulate the multiple value dimensions of ecosystem services? Insights from implementing the PArticulatES framework in a coastal social-ecological system in Portugal
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Publication date: August 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 38Author(s): Rita Lopes, Nuno VideiraAbstractEcosystem services is a value-laden concept, encompassing multiple legitimate views, value systems and potential controversies. On the other hand, it offers a platform to promote participation and to search for new paths of collaborative action. Based on these assumptions this work aims to answer the question “how to structure a participatory process for the integration and articulation of multiple values of ecosystem services to inform decision-making processes in a coastal...
Habitat Equivalency Analysis, a framework for forensic cost evaluation of environmental damage
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Publication date: August 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 38Author(s): David Domingues Pavanelli, Nikolaos VoulvoulisAbstractWhen environmental damage takes place, forensic experts investigate and undertake initial damage assessments. Determining damage costs can be challenging in terms of remedial action and of assigning monetary value to losses. We develop a Habitat Equivalency Analysis (HEA) framework to assess environmental damage costs and apply it to three case studies from the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest (BAR). Remediation costs have been used previously as proxies for...
Estimating coastal and marine habitat values by combining multi-criteria methods with choice experiments
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Publication date: August 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 38Author(s): Sean Pascoe, Amar Doshi, Mladen Kovac, Angelica AustinAbstractThe coastal and marine environment provides a wide range of ecosystem services, many of which may be impacted through coastal management. Incorporating these values into cost-benefit analysis to support decision making is hampered by the lack of existing appropriate measures. While studies can be undertaken by these agencies to collect the appropriate values, the number of different habitats that may need to be considered is greater than what could...
Untangling perceptions around indicators for biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services
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Publication date: August 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 38Author(s): María Martínez-Jauregui, Piran C.L. White, Julia Touza, Mario SoliñoAbstractBiodiversity indicators are commonly monitored to ensure the sustainable management of ecosystems and the conservation of multiple ecosystem goods and services. Indicators are important for tracking the ecological outcomes of conservation programmes, but they are also important in a wider context such as monitoring progress towards broader sustainability goals and serving to generate public support and funding for these programmes...
Ecosystem services in environmental policy: Barriers and opportunities for increased adoption
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Publication date: August 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 38Author(s): Rodney J. Keenan, Greg Pozza, James A. FitzsimonsAbstractThe concept of ecosystem services (ES) aims to quantify the contribution of ecosystems to human welfare. Past research has revealed a range of attitudes and levels of understanding among policy makers or practitioners to this concept. This study investigated the experience of environmental decision makers with the application of ES, using the state of Victoria, Australia as a case study. Analysis of data from 20 interview participants indicated that...
How much will cash forest encroachment in rainforests cost? A case from valuation to payment for ecosystem services in China
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Publication date: August 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 38Author(s): Peng Liu, Wenwen Li, Yang Yu, Ruchun Tang, Xianming Guo, Bin Wang, Biao Yang, Li ZhangAbstractOver the past 50 years, cash forest encroachment presents a major threat to tropical rainforests in Southeast Asia. Economic and social benefits provided by natural conservation and the loss of these benefits through encroachment must be accounted for. Here, we evaluated ecosystem services provided by a protected rainforest, Mengyang Reserve in China, in comparison to a simulated scenario where possible encroachment...
Applying the natural capital approach to decision making for the marine environment
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Publication date: August 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 38Author(s): Tara Hooper, Tobias Börger, Olivia Langmead, Oceane Marcone, Siân E Rees, Olivia Rendon, Nicola Beaumont, Martin J. Attrill, Melanie AustenAbstractThe aspirations for natural capital and ecosystem service approaches to support environmental decision-making have not been fully realised in terms of their actual application in policy and management contexts. Application of the natural capital approach requires a range of methods, which as yet have not been fully tested in the context of decision making for the...