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Insights into the importance of ecosystem services to human well-being in reservoir landscapes
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 39Author(s): Sarah K. Jones, Mansour Boundaogo, Fabrice A. DeClerck, Natalia Estrada-Carmona, Naho Mirumachi, Mark MulliganAbstractSmallholder famers in West Africa use multiple ecosystem services (ES) in their day-to-day lives. The contribution that these services make to human well-being (HWB), and therefore to development outcomes, is not well understood. We analyse smallholder farmer perceptions of ES, ecosystem disservices (ED), and their HWB importance around community-managed reservoirs in four semi-arid landscapes in...
Assessing and mapping recreationists’ perceived social values for ecosystem services in the Qinling Mountains, China
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 39Author(s): Hongjuan Zhang, Yan Gao, Yawei Hua, Yue Zhang, Kang LiuAbstractMountain ecosystems tend to have less human intervention and more abundant biodiversity and ecosystem services (ESs). With the development of urbanization, mountain ecotourism has become an important site of leisure for human beings. Understanding how recreationists perceive biodiversity and ESs is important for effective mountain ecotourism planning and eco-environment management. However, there are some difficulties in obtaining human perception data...
Benefits of forest conservation on riverine sediment and hydropower in the Tonle Sap Basin, Cambodia
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 39Author(s): Mohit Kaura, Mauricio E. Arias, Joshua A. Benjamin, Chantha Oeurng, Thomas A. CochraneAbstractRecent deforestation rates in Cambodia are among the world’s largest, while hydropower development has accelerated in the Mekong region. Deforestation accelerates erosion, increasing river sediments heading to reservoirs and decreasing hydropower production. Forest protection could be seen as a service to hydropower, which the FOR-POWER model quantifies. Using recent deforestation estimates, annual sediment accumulation...
Pathways from payments for ecosystem services program to socioeconomic outcomes
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 39Author(s): Xutong Wu, Shuai Wang, Bojie Fu, Yan Zhao, Yongping WeiAbstractPayment for ecosystem services (PES) is a widely accepted policy tool for achieving environmental conservation and socioeconomic development goals. However, the mechanisms through which PES programs affect socioeconomic outcomes remain elusive. Here, we use a framework which integrates links between PES programs, livelihood activities, and socioeconomic outcomes, to determine how China’s Grain-to-Green Program (GTGP) has affected the incomes of...
Simulating the impact of Grain-for-Green Programme on ecosystem services trade-offs in Northwestern Yunnan, China
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 39Author(s): Jian Peng, Xiaoxu Hu, Xiaoyu Wang, Jeroen Meersmans, Yanxu Liu, Sijing QiuAbstractOne of the main manifestations of the Grain-for-Green Programme (GFGP) is land use change, which will affect the trade-off of ecosystem services. Since the implementation of the GFGP in Dali Autonomous Prefecture in 2000, land use/cover has undergone dramatic changes. This study used the CLUE-S model to simulate land use change in 2030, and explored the spatial pattern and relationship of different ecosystem services under the four...
The role of non-commercial intermediate services in the valuations of ecosystem services: Application to cork oak farms in Andalusia, Spain
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 39Author(s): Pablo Campos, José L. Oviedo, Alejandro Álvarez, Bruno Mesa, Alejandro CaparrósAbstractThis research applies and compares the Agroforestry Accounting System (AAS) and the lightly revised System of National Accounts (SNA) in five cork oak farms in Andalusia, Spain, in 2010. We value eighteen economic activities, eleven of which are managed by individual farmers and seven of which are overseen by government. Our objectives are to measure and compare ecosystem services (ES), gross value added (GVA) and...
Addressing knowledge gaps between stakeholders in payments for watershed services: Case of Koto Panjang hydropower plant catchment area, Sumatra, Indonesia
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 39Author(s): Yonariza, Bevi Astika Andini, Mahdi, Simone MaynardAbstractThis study assesses the knowledge and perceptions of potential participants in a payment for watershed services (PWS) scheme in a watershed containing a reservoir and hydropower plant in Indonesia. Information was collected by interviewing watershed service providers such as upland farmers and downstream beneficiaries of services i.e. fishers, rest area operators, tourists, and the power plant manager. The study found some challenges if relying on stated...
Nature’s clean-up crew: Quantifying ecosystem services offered by a migratory avian scavenger on a continental scale
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 39Author(s): Maricel Graña Grilli, Keith L. Bildstein, Sergio A. LambertucciAbstractDespite its importance for ecosystem and human health, the cleaning service provided by scavenging birds is frequently disregarded. We evaluated this ecosystem service provided by a migratory species at a continental scale, estimating the amount of annual organic material removal, and the cost of artificially replacing the service. Road surveys conducted between 2005 and 2011, indicated an abundance of Turkey Vultures (Cathartes aura) of...
Engaging absentee landholders in ecosystem service delivery in south-eastern Australia
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 39Author(s): Hermann Kam, Graciela Metternicht, Alex Baumber, Rebecca CrossAbstractAs absentee landownership continues to increase in many regions of Oceania and the world, there is a growing need to better understand the behaviours and values of this landholder group. The increase in absentee landholdership can impact the provision of ecosystem services, as well as alter the rural socio-cultural fabric; the values, beliefs, knowledge types and social connections amongst landholders in rural communities. Consequently, this...
Accounting for ecosystem services – Lessons from Australia for its application and use in Oceania to achieve sustainable development
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 39Author(s): Michael Vardon, Steve May, Heather Keith, Peter Burnett, David LindenmayerAbstractThis paper aims to illustrate the conceptual and practical issues that need to be considered if ecosystem service accounting is to be used to achieve sustainable development in Oceania. Recent international activity has focused on setting international standards for accounting for ecosystem services via the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA). This includes defining the assets from which ecosystem services are...
A fulfilled human life: Eliciting sense of place and cultural identity in two UK marine environments through the Community Voice Method
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 39Author(s): Gillian B. Ainsworth, Jasper O. Kenter, Sebastian O'Connor, Francis Daunt, Juliette C. YoungAbstractHuman impacts on the marine environment threaten the wellbeing of hundreds of millions of people. Marine environments are a common-pool resource (CPR) and one of their major management challenges is how to incorporate the value of ecosystem services to society in decision-making. Cultural ecosystem services (CES) relate to the often intangible benefits people receive from their interactions with the natural...
Ecosystem services under future oil palm expansion scenarios in West Kalimantan, Indonesia
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 39Author(s): Sunil K. Sharma, Himlal Baral, Yves Laumonier, Beni Okarda, Heru Komarudin, Herry Purnomo, Pablo PachecoAbstractThis study analyzes the five primary ecosystem services and their trade-offs and synergies associated with future scenarios of oil palm plantations in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Three plausible future scenarios were assessed: 1) business as usual, 2) conservation and, 3) sustainable intensification, based on current land-use policy and spatial planning and projected oil palm expansion. The spatial...
Recognising the role of local and Indigenous communities in managing natural resources for the greater public benefit: Case studies from Asia and Oceania region
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 39Author(s): Kamaljit K. Sangha, Simone Maynard, Jasmine Pearson, Pariva Dobriyal, Ruchi Badola, Syed Ainul HussainAbstractMany local and Indigenous communities across the globe afford ecosystem services to the wider global public through maintaining natural resources because of their duteous usage and astute management. However there is barely any recognition or financial support for them to continue maintaining or enhancing the flow of ecosystem services from their finely managed Indigenous and local lands. This paper...
Forest ecological compensation standard based on spatial flowing of water services in the upper reaches of Miyun Reservoir, China
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 39Author(s): Sha Pei, Chunxiao Zhang, Chunlan Liu, Xiaona Liu, Gaodi XieAbstractAn ecological compensation standard should reflect the value of ecosystem services that their beneficiaries derive from providers. However, as there is no uniform method for the establishment of such standards, we researched the flow of water services in the upper reaches of Miyun Reservoir located in Beijing and Hebei provinces (China) based on the InVEST model and integrated water storage capacity method. The proposed ecological compensation...
The islands of Oceania – Political geography, biogeography, and terrestrial ecosystems
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 39Author(s): Roger Sayre, Madeline Martin, Deniz Karagulle, Charlie Frye, Sean Breyer, Dawn Wright, Kevin Butler, Keith Van Graafeiland, Simone MaynardAbstractHumans are dependent upon ecosystems for the production of goods and services necessary for their well-being (Daily, 1997). As the service provider units (SPUs) for these benefits of nature (Anderson et al., 2015), ecosystems need to be managed in a way that maximizes their persistence on the planet. Part of that management effort includes knowing a) what the ecosystem...
Ecosystem service trade-offs for adaptive forest management
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 39Author(s): Fabian Schwaiger, Werner Poschenrieder, Peter Biber, Hans PretzschAbstractQuantifying ecosystem services as dependent on forest management and analyzing tradeoffs between them can help to make decisions on management more effective, efficient, sustainable, and stable. We use a forest management model (SILVA) to predict changes in ecosystem service provisions. Three stakeholder specific forest management scenarios (multifunctional, wood production, set-aside) for each of two different case study areas in Germany...
Integrating ecosystem services supply and demand into optimized management at different scales: A case study in Hulunbuir, China
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 39Author(s): Fengqi Cui, Haiping Tang, Qin Zhang, Bojie Wang, Luwei DaiAbstractIdentifying relationships that exist between ecosystem service (ES) supply and demand at different scales is considered crucial to the sustainable management of ecosystem services. Five ecosystem services at three scales (local, township, and county) were evaluated based on spatial data and statistical data in Hulunbuir, which is a significant ecological function zone in Northeast China. Our results showed that (1) ES spatial patterns have more...
Promoting co-benefits of carbon farming in Oceania: Applying and adapting approaches and metrics from existing market-based schemes
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 39Author(s): Alex Baumber, Graciela Metternicht, Rebecca Cross, Laure-Elise Ruoso, Annette L. Cowie, Cathleen WatersAbstractCarbon farming in its various forms has the potential to deliver a range of ecosystem services in addition to climate regulation. In Australia, the main public ‘co-benefits’ that could result from carbon farming are conservation of biodiversity, increases in soil and water quality, productivity increases, and economic and cultural services for Indigenous communities. While there is a lack of...
Assessing Biophilic Design Elements for ecosystem service attributes – A sub-tropical Australian case
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 39Author(s): Amrita Kambo, Robin Drogemuller, Prasad K.D.V. YarlagaddaAbstractUrban areas are conceptualised as aggregates of discrete elements designed and operating at building, neighbourhood or city scale. Collectively referring to these aggregates as ‘Biophilic Design Elements (BDE)’, the link between ecosystem services and designable urban elements is investigated. An existing ecosystem service assessment framework is adapted to an urban context, showing ecosystem service provision potential of BDE. By attributing...
Spiritual enrichment or ecological protection?: A multi-scale analysis of cultural ecosystem services at the Mai Pokhari, a Ramsar site of Nepal
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 39Author(s): Sunita Chaudhary, Andrew McGregor, Donna Houston, Nakul ChettriAbstractEcosystem services, a globalizing discourse referring to benefits humans gain from ecosystems, has been rapidly mainstreamed into scientific and political thinking of environmental management. However, non-material benefits, also known as cultural services, have been rather subsumed within the dominant ecosystem services discourse. This paper explores local cultural services in the Mai Pokhari, a Ramsar site of Nepal, and adopts a multi-scalar...