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Protecting nature is necessary but not sufficient for conserving ecosystem services: A comprehensive assessment along a gradient of land-use intensity in Spain
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Publication date: February 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 35Author(s): F. Santos-Martín, P. Zorrilla-Miras, I. Palomo, C. Montes, J. Benayas, J. MaesAbstractLand-use intensification is occurring worldwide and is impacting the delivery of multiple ecosystem services. We developed an approach to understand land-use change in relation to ecosystem services synergies and trade-offs at a national level. We test the proposed approach for Spain by mapping the spatial distribution of 14 high-resolution indicators with the aim to (a) facilitate a greater understanding of the spatial...
Advancing the relationship between renewable energy and ecosystem services for landscape planning and design: A literature review
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Publication date: February 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 35Author(s): Paolo Picchi, Martina van Lierop, Davide Geneletti, Sven StremkeAbstractThe transition to a low carbon future is starting to affect landscapes around the world. In order for this landscape transformation to be sustainable, renewable energy technologies should not cause critical trade-offs between the provision of energy and that of other ecosystem services such as food production. This literature review advances the body of knowledge on sustainable energy transition with special focus on ecosystem services-based...
What matters to whom and why? Understanding the importance of coastal ecosystem services in developing coastal communities
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Publication date: February 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 35Author(s): Jacqueline D. Lau, Christina C. Hicks, Georgina G. Gurney, Joshua E. CinnerAbstractCoastal ecosystems support the livelihoods and wellbeing of millions of people worldwide. However, the marine and terrestrial ecosystem services that coastal ecosystems provide are particularly vulnerable to global environmental change, as are the coastal communities who directly depend on them. To navigate these changes and ensure the wellbeing of coastal communities, policy-makers must know which coastal ecosystem services matter...
How are jobs and ecosystem services linked at the local scale?
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Publication date: February 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 35Author(s): Pedro Laterra, Laura Nahuelhual, Mariana Gluch, Ximena Sirimarco, Gonzalo Bravo, Adrián MonjeauAbstractWith the exception of subsistence economies, employment benefits along a value chain may represent a relevant, but also a generally neglected part of the wealth derived from nature. Our objective is twofold: i) to determine the extent to which ecosystem services (ES) supply at municipality scale relates to local employment in different regions and economic sub-sectors in Argentina; ii) to determine the...
Applying the ecosystem services concept to aquaculture: A review of approaches, definitions, and uses
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Publication date: February 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 35Author(s): Jenny WeitzmanAbstractRecent years have witnessed growing interest in applying ecosystem service (ES) frameworks to promote holistic decision-making and develop sustainable aquaculture. The goal of this review was to analyze the status quo of research on aquaculture ES and identify knowledge gaps and research priorities to better align ES with holistic decision-making. This study conducted a systematic review of the academic literature and analyzed the coverage of aquaculture ES across 94 publications. The...
Valuing a diversity of ecosystem services: The way forward to protect strategic groundwater resources for the future?
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Publication date: February 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 35Author(s): Cécile Hérivaux, Marine GrémontAbstractThis paper demonstrates the usefulness of valuing a diversity of ecosystem services for groundwater protection. It argues that improving the understanding of local stakeholders regarding the benefits that strategic groundwater preservation for future generations can bring to their territories is a relevant mean to enhance their support towards groundwater conservation. We develop and test a systemic approach based on local data collection, cost-based monetary valuation...
The ecosystem services concept as a tool for public participation in management of Poland’s Natura 2000 network
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Publication date: February 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 35Author(s): Krzysztof Maczka, Piotr Chmielewski, Agnieszka Jeran, Piotr Matczak, Carena J. van RiperAbstractThis paper examined how the ecosystem services (ES) concept was employed as a tool for stakeholders from different social and professional worlds to deliberate about the management of Natura 2000 areas in Poland. Drawing from Framing Theory and discourse analysis, we analyzed public documents that were generated over a five-year period. We observed that many public debates were couched within the ES framework and...
Different ecosystem services, same (dis)satisfaction with compensation: A critical comparison between farmers’ perception in Scotland and Brazil
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Publication date: February 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 35Author(s): Moara Almeida Canova, David M. Lapola, Patrícia Pinho, Jan Dick, Gleiciani B. Patricio, Joerg A. PriessAbstractPayments for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes have increasingly expanded to consider ecosystem services (ESS). In Brazil, the Forest Code permits PES but does not specify the scheme operationalization. The way ESS should be quantified and valued has not yet been implemented country-wide, nor has the funding source for PES. Through interviews with farmers in Rio Claro-SP, Brazil, and in Cairngorms...
Communicating the value of marine conservation using an ecosystem service matrix approach
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Publication date: February 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 35Author(s): Shane Geange, Michael Townsend, Dana Clark, Joanne I. Ellis, Andrew M. LohrerAbstractMatrix approaches are useful for linking ecosystem services to habitats that underpin their delivery. Matrix applications in marine ecosystem services research have been primarily qualitative, focusing on 'habitat presence' without including other attributes that effect service potential. We developed an evidence-based matrix approach of Ecosystem Service Potential (ESP) for New Zealand benthic marine habitats, and used two...
Valuing urban ecosystem services in sustainable brownfield redevelopment
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Publication date: February 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 35Author(s): Jeremy De Valck, Alistair Beames, Inge Liekens, Maarten Bettens, Piet Seuntjens, Steven BroekxAbstractUrban environments provide opportunities for greater resource efficiency and the fostering of urban ecosystems. Brownfield areas are a typical example of underused land resources. Brownfield redevelopment projects that include green infrastructure allow for further ecosystems to be accommodated in urban environments. Green infrastructure also deliver important urban ecosystem services (UES) to local residents...
Exploring the effect of psychometric variables on willingness to pay for marine ecosystem services: A survey in Japan
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Publication date: February 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 35Author(s): Kazumi Wakita, Hisashi Kurokura, Taro Oishi, Zhonghua Shen, Ken FuruyaAbstractUrban environments provide opportunities for greater resource efficiency and the fostering of urban ecosystems. Brownfield areas are a typical example of underused land resources. Brownfield redevelopment projects that include green infrastructure allow for further ecosystems to be accommodated in urban environments. Green infrastructure also deliver important urban ecosystem services (UES) to local residents, which can greatly...
Beyond the economic boundaries to account for ecosystem services
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Publication date: February 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 35Author(s): Alessandra La Notte, Sara Vallecillo, Alexandra Marques, Joachim MaesAbstractEcosystem services (ES) accounts are essential to quantify and monitor the contribution of ecosystems to human well-being. The System of Environmental and Economic Accounting – Experimental Ecosystem Accounting (SEEA EEA) is the first attempt to provide a set of standards to compile ecosystem accounts. We argue for the inclusion of an ecological perspective in the SEEA EEA that considers ecosystems to be more than input providers to...
Ecosystem services provided by insects for achieving sustainable development goals
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Publication date: February 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 35Author(s): Olivier Dangles, Jérôme CasasAbstractEcosystem services underpin all dimensions of human wellbeing. As a consequence it is crucial to integrate ecosystem services into strategies for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Because insects and other invertebrates have profound and well-identified influences on many ecosystems services (e.g. pollination and biological control) and SDGs (e.g. crop pest and disease vectors), insect research and development have a great potential to address current global...
Assessing the value of coral reefs in the face of climate change: The evidence from Nha Trang Bay, Vietnam
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Publication date: February 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 35Author(s): Quach Thi Khanh NgocAbstractCoral reef ecosystems provide many important services to society. Their importance is not only proved by their beauty but also because they provide food and livelihood for millions of people in communities around the world, especially in developing countries. This paper estimates the economic value of coral ecosystems and potential impacts of climate change and fishing activities on the loss of coral reefs in Nha Trang Bay, Vietnam. Economic valuation and bioeconomic approaches are...
Use and perceived importance of forest ecosystem services in rural livelihoods of Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh
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Publication date: February 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 35Author(s): Ronju Ahammad, Natasha Stacey, Terry C.H. SunderlandAbstractThis study examines the relative benefits (provisioning) and importance (regulating and cultural) of forest ecosystem services to households in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) region of Bangladesh. Our results from 300 household interviews in three rural locations stratified by wealth shows that wealth levels of the respondents play a key role in explaining variations in the perceptions and use of forest ecosystem services. Considering the direct...
Mainstreaming of ecosystem services as a rationale for ecological restoration in Australia
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Publication date: February 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 35Author(s): Virginia Matzek, Kerrie A. Wilson, Marit KragtAbstractConservation biology and restoration ecology have historically focused on promoting biodiversity and safeguarding endangered species. However, the ecosystem services (ES) concept has given these fields a new, anthropocentric rationale: promoting human wellbeing. Here we investigate how the ES concept has penetrated decision making and public support for ecological restoration in Australia, by examining the national government’s funding priorities, land...
Corrigendum to “Developed-developing world partnerships for sustainable development (1): An ecosystem services perspective” [Ecosyst. Serv., 24 (2017) 241–252]
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Publication date: February 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 35Author(s): M. Everard, J.W.S. Longhurst, J.G. Pontin, W. Stephenson, J. Brooks
Corrigendum to “Developed-developing world partnerships for sustainable development (2): An illustrative case for a payments for ecosystem services (PES) approach” [Ecosyst. Serv., (2017), 24...
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Publication date: February 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 35Author(s): M. Everard, J.W.S. Longhurst, J.G. Pontin, W. Stephenson, J. Brooks
Quantifying and valuing carbon flows and stores in coastal and shelf ecosystems in the UK
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Publication date: February 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 35Author(s): Tiziana Luisetti, R. Kerry Turner, Julian E. Andrews, Timothy D. Jickells, Silke Kröger, Markus Diesing, Lucille Paltriguera, Martin T. Johnson, Eleanor R. Parker, Dorothee C.E. Bakker, Keith WestonAbstractEvidence shows that habitats with potential to mitigate against greenhouse gases emissions, by taking up and storing CO2, are being lost due to the effects of on-going human activities and climate change. The carbon storage by terrestrial habitats (e.g. tropical forests) and the role of coastal habitats...
Determinants of the environmental conservation and poverty alleviation objectives of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) programs
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Publication date: February 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 35Author(s): Oreoluwa Ola, Luisa Menapace, Emmanuel Benjamin, Hannes LangAbstractObserved trade-offs between environmental conservation and poverty alleviation objectives continue to divide scholars on the ability of Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) programs to simultaneously meet both objectives. The success of some PES programs shows it can attain “win-win” outcomes. Combining quantitative regression tools and narrative reviews, we synthesize the outcomes of 56 PES programs found in 69 studies conducted in 3...