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Are stakeholders’ social representations of nature and landscape compatible with the ecosystem service concept?
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 37Author(s): Rik De Vreese, Ann Van Herzele, Nicolas Dendoncker, Corentin M. Fontaine, Mark LeysAbstractBackgroundImplementing ecosystem services (ES)-based planning and management processes in practice, and mainstreaming the results in decision-making, is limited. Literature suggests this can be explained by a limited overlap between the ES concept and stakeholders’ representations of nature.AimsWe introduce social representations theory as an approach to discuss whether the theoretical ES concept is compatible with...
Exploring variations of ecosystem service value in Hangzhou Bay Wetland, Eastern China
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 37Author(s): Wenpeng Lin, Dan Xu, Pupu Guo, Dan Wang, Lubing Li, Jun GaoAbstractWetlands are important natural resources, and studying wetland ecosystem values is helpful to explore the sustainable development of resources and economy. Hangzhou Bay is located in economically developed coastal area of China, where wetland values have been changed rapidly in the past few decades. Based on three sets of remote sensing data (1990, 2000 and 2010), this study has made an exploration on spatio-temporal changes of wetland area, and also...
China needs to incorporate ecosystem services into wetland conservation policies
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 37Author(s): Bo Jiang, Xibao XuAbstractChina has implemented several ambitious wetland conservation policies, however wetland degradation remains a serious problem. The Chinese government is starting to recognize ecosystem services as a possible approach for identifying the most beneficial areas of the ecosystems and addressing wetland management and policy challenges. In the past two decades, Chinese scientists have begun testing a variety of approaches to advance the science of ecosystem services for wetland conservation...
Ecosystem service synergies/trade-offs informing the supply-demand match of ecosystem services: Framework and application
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 37Author(s): Lijuan Wang, Hua Zheng, Zhi Wen, Lei Liu, Brian E. Robinson, Ruonan Li, Cong Li, Lingqiao KongAbstractEcosystem services (ES) underpin human well-being, but their complex synergies or trade-offs are a challenge for matching ES supply and demand. This study presents a framework for integrating ES synergies/trade-offs and approaches (“win-win”, “small loss-big gain” and “ES replacement”) to improve the match between ES supply and demand. We applied the framework in a watershed on China’s Hainan Island...
Ecosystem services appreciation of urban lakes in Romania. Synergies and trade-offs between multiple users
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 37Author(s): Constantina Alina Hossu, Ioan-Cristian Iojă, Diana Andreea Onose, Mihai Răzvan Niță, Ana-Maria Popa, Odelin Talabă, Luis InostrozaAbstractUrban lakes are important freshwater resources for people and can have enormous ecological values. Understanding how different users perceive such benefits and what kind of conflicts can emerge from the multiple perceptions around the values of urban lakes can improve their management and maintain the provision of ecosystem services (ES). In this research we explore users...
Projected social costs of CO2 emissions from forest losses far exceed the sequestration benefits of forest gains under global change
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 37Author(s): Raymundo Marcos-Martinez, Brett A. Bryan, Kurt A. Schwabe, Jeffery D. Connor, Elizabeth A. Law, Martin Nolan, José J. SánchezAbstractForest cover gains and losses occur in response to complex environmental and anthropogenic pressures. Yet the impact of forest gains and losses on the provision of ecosystem services differs markedly. Here we investigate the social costs of potential forest carbon change in Australia’s intensive agricultural region from 2015 to 2050 using spatial forest cover change and forest...
Relationships between ecosystem services and human well-being changes based on carbon flow—A case study of the Manas River Basin, Xinjiang, China
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 37Author(s): Zihan Xu, Hejie Wei, Weiguo Fan, Xuechao Wang, Peng Zhang, Jiahui Ren, Nachuan Lu, Zhicheng Gao, Xiaobin Dong, Weidong KongAbstractThe current understanding of how ecosystem services flow affects human well-being is not sufficient. As an important component of the biogeochemical cycle, carbon flows through various natural and artificial processes. Therefore, carbon can be used as a research vector to explore the relationship between ecosystem services and human well-being. This study proposed a method for a...
Stakeholder perceptions of the ecosystem services provided by Green Infrastructure in New York City
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 37Author(s): Stephanie M. Miller, Franco A. MontaltoAbstractUS cities are investing heavily in green infrastructure (GI) to manage stormwater and improve local water quality. However, many other ecosystem services (ES) are attributed to these same GI systems. Some of these services, such as the amount of rainfall that can be attenuated in a green roof, are well documented; others, such as the role of coastal wetlands in protecting properties from storm surge, are difficult to quantify or so dependent on local conditions that...
Nature commodification: ‘a necessary evil’? An analysis of the views of environmental professionals on ecosystem services-based approaches
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 37Author(s): Julia Martin-Ortega, M. Azahara Mesa-Jurado, Mariana Pineda-Vazquez, Paula NovoAbstractEcosystem services (ES) has established itself as the predominant paradigm for framing environmental research and policy-making. Its rapid popularisation is raising concerns about the possibility that it might lead to nature commodification. These concerns have been associated with a broader agenda for the neoliberalization of conservation, but research on this area remains mostly theoretical. This paper advances the debate with...
Making investments in natural capital count
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 37Author(s): James N. BlignautAbstractThe disconnect between land managers bearing the cost of restoration and land management, and society benefitting from the ecosystem services flowing from natural capital, leads to sub-optimal investments in restoration and land management. To bridge this disconnect a system involving easement agreements is proposed whereby the issuer of the easement (the investor) is buying the right to determine the management practices on the land from an easement holder (the land manager). In return the...
Ecosystem services: A bridge or barrier for UK marine stakeholders?
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 37Author(s): Emma McKinley, Jordi F. Pagès, Kayleigh J. Wyles, Nicola BeaumontAbstractEcosystem services conceptualises the multiple interactions between ecosystems and the people and communities benefitting from their direct or indirect use, aiming to provide stakeholders and scientists with a common language. While some users appear to have adopted this language and terminology, there are concerns that the complexities associated with the concept make it inaccessible and, rather than providing stakeholders with a tool to...
He says, she says: Ecosystem services and gender among indigenous communities in the Colombian Amazon
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 37Author(s): Gisella S. Cruz-Garcia, Martha Vanegas Cubillos, Carlos Torres-Vitolas, Celia A. Harvey, Charlie M. Shackleton, Kate Schreckenberg, Simon Willcock, Carolina Navarrete-Frías, Erwan SachetAbstractAlthough it has been hypothesized that men and women vary in the way they value ecosystem services, research on ecosystem services rarely incorporates a gender dimension. We conducted research with nine indigenous communities in the Colombian Amazon to understand which ecosystem services men and women perceive as most...
Stakeholder perspectives on ecosystem service supply and ecosystem service demand bundles
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 37Author(s): Brenda Maria Zoderer, Erich Tasser, Steve Carver, Ulrike TappeinerAbstractRecent developments in Ecosystem Service (ES) research show a growing interest in the concept of ES bundles for informing the effective management of landscapes. While the supply of ES bundles was biophysically assessed, there has been little research about the perception of ES bundles, neither in terms of their supply, nor of their demand. This research investigates how various stakeholders perceive the delivery of ES supply bundles across...
Ecosystem services as an inclusive social metaphor for the analysis and management of environmental conflicts in Colombia
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 37Author(s): Alexander Rincón-Ruiz, Johnny Rojas-Padilla, Catherine Agudelo-Rico, Mario Perez-Rincon, Simón Vieira-Samper, Jorge Rubiano-PaezAbstractFew studies have analyzed the relationships between the ecosystems services (ES) approach and the analysis of environmental conflicts (EC) in Latin American contexts. This article demonstrates the importance of incorporating some aspects of the recent developments in the ecosystem services framework in order to improve the analysis and management of environmental conflicts. We...
Why ‘blended finance’ could help transitions to sustainable landscapes: Lessons from the Unlocking Forest Finance project
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 37Author(s): Julian Rode, Alexandra Pinzon, Marcelo C.C. Stabile, Johannes Pirker, Simone Bauch, Alvaro Iribarrem, Paul Sammon, Carlos A. Llerena, Lincoln Muniz Alves, Carlos E. Orihuela, Heidi WittmerAbstractThere is a momentum towards finding financing solutions for halting deforestation at the landscape level for the benefit of climate, biodiversity and delivery of ecosystem services. The Unlocking Forest Finance (UFF) project has, between 2013 and 2018, worked on the development of innovative financing mechanisms for...
Evaluation of cultural ecosystem services: A review of methods
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 37Author(s): Xin Cheng, Sylvie Van Damme, Luyuan Li, Pieter UyttenhoveAbstractCultural ecosystem services (CES) refer to the nonmaterial benefits people obtain from ecosystems, and they have direct influence on quality of life. Although the concept of CES has been well accepted, they are rarely fully investigated. A significant barrier is the method for evaluating CES. This paper conducts a literature review of CES evaluation methods. Our aims are the following: to provide an overview of existing CES evaluation methods, to...
The need for integrated valuation tools to support decision-making – The case of cultural ecosystem services sourced from geothermal areas
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 37Author(s): David Cook, Reza Fazeli, Brynhildur DavíðsdóttirAbstractDeveloping geothermal power projects may lead to trade-offs, whereby the economic and social benefits of the venture are difficult to compare with its cultural consequences, which include impacts to ES such as aesthetics, spiritual enrichment and inspiration. The socio-cultural rather than monetary character of such impacts reinforce the importance of a pluralist approach to valuation, in order to ensure that all human well-being impacts linked to the...
Students’ attitudes toward forest ecosystem services, knowledge about ecology, and direct experience with forests
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 37Author(s): Gregor Torkar, Urša KrašovecAbstractThe main study objective was to determine how primary and lower secondary school students’ valuations and perceptions of ecosystem services as provisioning (produces timber, food, and fuel), regulating (regulates the climate, protects against natural hazards, produces clean water, produces soil, produces clean air), cultural (a place for recreation, for relaxation and deep thinking, for physical/sports activities, with aesthetic value), and supporting (a habitat for animals...
Multiple values and knowledge integration in indigenous coastal and marine social-ecological systems research: A systematic review
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 37Author(s): Rodolfo Dam Lam, Alexandros Gasparatos, Shamik Chakraborty, Horacio Rivera, Taira StanleyAbstractThis systematic review explores patterns in the peer-reviewed literature related to the integration of multiple values in coastal/marine SES in indigenous settings. We extract metadata from 109 papers across five domains: 1) general study characteristics, 2) transdisciplinarity, 3) methodology, 4) SES elements (and their relationships), and 5) values. We use latent class analysis, descriptive statistics, and different...
Integrated catchment management and ecosystem services: A twenty-five year overview
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 37Author(s): Pamela KavalAbstractThe ecosystem services of rivers and watersheds (also called catchments) should be considered in pursuit of integrated catchment planning, decision-making, and management to sustain and/or enhance this important natural capital. To determine if and how river and watershed studies have been accounting for ecosystem services, 25 years of ecosystem service-related river and watershed studies were reviewed. The most commonly studied ecosystem services for rivers and watersheds were recreation (41...