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The influence of land cover data on farm-scale valuations of natural capital
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Publication date: April 2020Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 42Author(s): Thomas Burke, J. Duncan Whyatt, Clare Rowland, G. Alan Blackburn, Jon AbbattAbstractThe valuation of natural capital within individual farms could inform environmentally beneficial land use change and form the basis of agricultural subsidy schemes based on the provision of ecosystem services. Land cover extents can be used in a benefit transfer approach to produce monetary valuations of natural capital rapidly and at low cost. However, the methodology has not before been used within individual farms, and the impact...
How farmers feel about trees: Perceptions of ecosystem services and disservices associated with rural forests in southwestern France
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Publication date: April 2020Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 42Author(s): Julien Blanco, Anne Sourdril, Marc Deconchat, Cécile Barnaud, Magali San Cristobal, Emilie AndrieuAbstractRural forests, including the wooded areas primarily managed by farmers (e.g. farm forests, hedgerows, isolated trees), are critical for the sustainability of agricultural landscapes. Yet with agricultural industrialization, rural forests have been in decline in many regions across Europe. To reverse this trend and promote the sustainable use of farmland, ‘greening’ measures have been introduced by the...
Conservation, economic planning and natural capital in early Soviet ecology
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Publication date: February 2020Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 41Author(s): Marco P.V. FrancoAbstractThe advancements in ecological science and policies for conservation proposed by Soviet thinkers of the 1920s/1930s are the result of pioneering research on community ecology, i.e. the study of the relations between living organisms and between them and their non-living environment. The creation of large natural reserves for scientific research – the zapovedniki – put in practice an unprecedented nature conservation plan, based on the theoretical framework of community ecology and...
The preservation paradox and natural capital
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Publication date: February 2020Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 41Author(s): C. Tyler DesRochesAbstractMany ecological economists have argued that some natural capital should be preserved for posterity. Yet, among environmental philosophers, the preservation paradox entails that preserving parts of nature, including the items denoted by natural capital, is impossible. The paradox suggests that nature is a realm of phenomena independent of intentional human agency, and that preserving and restoring nature require intentional human agency. Therefore, no one can preserve or restore nature...
A note in defense of the concept of natural capital
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Publication date: February 2020Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 41Author(s): Herman DalyAbstractNatural capital in its real dimensions, independently of monetization, is a critical concept for defense of nature by a steady-state economy.
Multiple values for the management and sustainable use of coastal and marine ecosystem services
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Publication date: February 2020Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 41Author(s): Shamik Chakraborty, Alexandros Gasparatos, Robert Blasiak
Connecting air quality regulating ecosystem services with beneficiaries through quantitative serviceshed analysis
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Publication date: February 2020Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 41Author(s): Michael Charles, Guy Ziv, Gil Bohrer, Bhavik R. BakshiAbstractIn response to the growth of ecosystem services research, many concepts have emerged to understand how we connect ecosystem services with the human populations whom receive the benefits. Servicesheds are one of these emerging concepts and can be qualitatively described as the areas which provide ecosystem services to specific beneficiaries. Previous research lacks the use of mathematical, spatially-explicit models to connect beneficiaries with the...
Associations between local land use/land cover and place-based landscape service patterns in rural Tanzania
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Publication date: February 2020Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 41Author(s): Vesa Arki, Joni Koskikala, Nora Fagerholm, Danielson Kisanga, Niina KäyhköAbstractSecuring reliable flows of landscape services is a vital prerequisite for sustaining well-being, especially in the rural Global South, where livelihoods of local communities are dependent on the surrounding village landscapes. To support sustainable landscape development strategies, increased understanding is needed on how landscape services are associated with physical landscapes. In this paper, we studied how place-based...
Determining economically viable forest management option with consideration of ecosystem services in Korea: A strategy after successful national forestation
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Publication date: February 2020Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 41Author(s): Jongyeol Lee, Hyungsub Kim, Cholho Song, Gang Sun Kim, Woo-Kyun Lee, Yowhan SonAbstractEconomic assessment of forest management, including tending, thinning, and clear-cut, is essential to maximize social benefits. This study investigated the economic viability of forest management in the Republic of Korea at national scale (2017–2100) by quantitative approaches. The changes in benefits of four ecosystem services (timber production, CO2 sequestration, water yield enhancement, and disaster risk reduction) and...
Valuation of ecosystem services of rice–fish coculture systems in Ruyuan County, China
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Publication date: February 2020Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 41Author(s): Duan Liu, Runcheng Tang, Jun Xie, Jingjing Tian, Rui Shi, Kai ZhangAbstractRice–fish coculture ecosystems have been designated a “globally important agricultural heritage system.” However, existing studies mainly focus on the provisioning services from these systems while ignoring the other valuable roles they play, such as in regulating and supporting services. To remedy this gap, this study constructs a new framework for classifying ecosystem services (ES) based on the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and...
The impact of invasive species on social-ecological systems: Relating supply and use of selected provisioning ecosystem services
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Publication date: February 2020Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 41Author(s): Theo EW Linders, Ketema Bekele, Urs Schaffner, Eric Allan, Tena Alamirew, Simon K. Choge, Sandra Eckert, Jema Haji, Gabriel Muturi, Purity Rima Mbaabu, Hailu Shiferaw, René EschenAbstractUnderstanding the sustainability of social-ecological systems requires quantifying the relationships between ecosystem service supply and use. However, these relationships, and the influence of environmental change on supply and use, are poorly known. Here we apply a nested sampling design to analyse supply-use relationships in...
Cultural ecosystem services valuation and its multilevel drivers: A case study of Gaoqu Township in Shaanxi Province, China
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Publication date: February 2020Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 41Author(s): Qinqin Shi, Hai Chen, Xiaoying Liang, Hang Zhang, Di LiuAbstractUnderstanding residents’ preferences for cultural ecosystem services (CES) will provide reference for targeted ecological management. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the preferences for CES and to determine their multilevel drivers in Gaoqu Township in Mizhi County, China. A social preference method (questionnaire) was used to quantitatively assess the CES preferences. The respondents in Gaoqu Township perceived the importance of all...
Utilizing ecosystem service classifications in multi-criteria decision analysis – Experiences of peat extraction case in Finland
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Publication date: February 2020Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 41Author(s): Jyri Mustajoki, Heli Saarikoski, Valerie Belton, Turo Hjerppe, Mika MarttunenAbstractThe Ecosystem Service concept is a widely used framework to examine the links between the functioning of ecosystems and human well-being. There is a broad range of ecosystem services, which are often classified hierarchically as provisioning, regulating and cultural services. Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA), an approach for analyzing complex problems that involve trade-offs between multiple objectives, has increasingly...
The socioeconomic value of multiple ecosystem types at a biosphere reserve as a baseline for one holistic conservation plan
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Publication date: February 2020Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 41Author(s): Orna Raviv, Shiri Zemah Shamir, Ido Izhaki, Hila Sagie, Maya Negev, Maya Mazor-Tregerman, Noga Collins-Kreiner, Yoel Mansfeld, Alon LotanAbstractThe value estimates and conservation plan of ecosystem services (ES) may have multiple interpretations in a site consisting of a mixture of ecosystems (e.g., maquis, conifer forest, seashore and agroecosystems) and overlapping management practices (e.g., national parks and nature reserves as part of a biosphere reserve). This study examines the relative socioeconomic...
Ecosystem services of Earth’s largest freshwater lakes
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Publication date: February 2020Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 41Author(s): Robert W. Sterner, Bonnie Keeler, Stephen Polasky, Rajendra Poudel, Kirsten Rhude, Maggie RogersAbstractFresh water is distributed unevenly across the globe. Earth’s 21 largest lakes hold ~2/3 of all global, liquid, surface, fresh water and occupy diverse ecological and social settings. We identified seven ecosystem services for which there were quantitative data across most or all of these large lakes.Approximately 1.35 million tonnes of fish are harvested per year from these lakes by commercial or artisanal...
Marine protected areas and human well-being – A systematic review and recommendations
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Publication date: February 2020Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 41Author(s): A. Rifaee RasheedAbstractThis paper reviews literature relating to Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and human well-being. It finds that explicit studies on human well-being from MPAs are limited and empirical studies quantifying these relationships are rare. Most MPA papers, including those examining MPA effectiveness, focus on just a few aspects of well-being in the context of a sub-set of stakeholders, and consider only a single type of MPA. They mostly focus on conventional objective measures that are not...
7 questions for energy concept in ecosystems science
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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 role of legal aspects of Ecosystem Service in Brazil to achieve the sustainable development
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Publication date: Available online 2 March 2016Source: Ecosystem ServicesAuthor(s): AbstractThis 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
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Publication date: Available online 28 February 2016Source: Ecosystem ServicesAuthor(s): Extended 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 the challenges of implementing the ES approach into the Polish...
Assessment of multi-level legal mechanisms for the protection of ecosystem services in China
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Publication date: Available online 28 February 2016Source: Ecosystem ServicesAuthor(s): AbstractThe 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 main legal...