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Lake-wetland ecosystem services modeling and valuation: Progress, gaps and future directions
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Publication date: October 2018Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 33, Part AAuthor(s): Xibao Xu, Bo Jiang, Yan Tan, Robert Costanza, Guishan YangAbstractLake-wetland ecosystems provide valuable ecosystem services (ES), but lake-wetland ecosystems have suffered great loss from rapid urban expansion and other land use changes. Despite great efforts in increasing our understanding about ES produced by lake-wetlands, significant challenges (e.g., data, information, and implementation) still remain. This paper provides a thorough review of the progress in lake-wetland ES research. It addresses...
Staging stewards of agro-ecosystems in the ecosystem services framework
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Publication date: October 2018Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 33, Part AAuthor(s): Kartika Rana, Neha Goyal, Gyan Prakash SharmaAbstractEcosystems provide services which are central to human well-being. However, they are undergoing rapid change due to human interferences. In times of globalization and cosmopolitan citizenship, boundaries (fringe) between rural and urban landscapes are blurring which make agro-ecosystems vulnerable. Critical understanding of societal transformation driving ecological change across different scales, especially fringe landscapes is necessary for...
Drivers of the ecosystem services approach in Poland and perception by practitioners
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Publication date: October 2018Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 33, Part AAuthor(s): Małgorzata Stępniewska, Piotr Lupa, Andrzej MizgajskiAbstractThe uptake of the Ecosystem Services (ES) Approach in Poland with emphasis on the drivers stimulating the research and activity of the authorities, as well as the perception of this approach by the practitioners, are presented in this paper. The study focused on the identification of the stimulus for the activities concerning mapping and assessment of ecosystems and their services (MAES). The survey carried out among practitioners allowed to...
Farmers show complex and contrasting perceptions on ecosystem services and their management
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Publication date: October 2018Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 33, Part AAuthor(s): Heitor Mancini Teixeira, Ardjan J. Vermue, Irene Maria Cardoso, Marielos Peña Claros, Felix J.J.A. BianchiAbstractAgricultural systems are complex socio-ecological systems that are managed by farmers to achieve desired outcomes, including food production and other ecosystem services (ES). While farm management is a key factor for ES provision, farmers may widely differ in their awareness, ambition and skills to manage their systems. Currently there is a lack of understanding of farmers’ perception on...
IPBES: Don’t throw out the baby whilst keeping the bathwater; Put people’s values central, not nature’s contributions
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Publication date: October 2018Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 33, Part AAuthor(s): Jasper O. KenterAbstractIPBES has replaced the term ‘ecosystem services’ with ‘nature’s contributions to people’. This make-over does little to address the semantic problems associated with ecosystem services. The ‘new’ term still characterises the relation between nature and people as one-way and the value of nature as instrumental (as a provider of benefits), masking human agency and broader values. By replacing ecosystem services with a near-synonymous term, IPBES ditches the baby (the...
Conceptual advancement of socio-ecological modelling of ecosystem services for re-evaluating Brownfield land
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Publication date: October 2018Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 33, Part AAuthor(s): B.W. Kolosz, I.N. Athanasiadis, G. Cadisch, T.P. Dawson, C. Giupponi, M. Honzák, J. Martinez-Lopez, A. Marvuglia, V. Mojtahed, K.B.Z. Ogutu, H. Van Delden, F. Villa, S. BalbiAbstractEssential environmental resources are rapidly exploited globally, while social-ecological systems at different scales fail to meet sustainable development challenges. Ecosystem services research, which at present predominantly utilizes static modelling approaches, needs better integration with socio-economic dynamics in order...
Impacts of REDD+ payments on a coupled human-natural system in Amazonia
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Publication date: October 2018Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 33, Part AAuthor(s): Thales A.P. West, Kelly A. Grogan, Marilyn E. Swisher, Jill L. Caviglia-Harris, Erin O. Sills, Dar A. Roberts, Daniel Harris, Francis E. PutzAbstractWe used a hybrid optimization-agent-based model to simulate REDD+ (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation in combination with conservation, sustainable forest management, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks) payment scenarios to farm households in the old deforestation frontier of Rondônia, Brazil. Payments varied from $5 to $30 per...
An integrated approach to valuation and tradeoff analysis of ecosystem services for national forest decision-making
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Publication date: October 2018Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 33, Part AAuthor(s): Christopher A. Armatas, Robert M. Campbell, Alan E. Watson, William T. Borrie, Neal Christensen, Tyron J. VennAbstractAn integrated approach to understanding ecosystem service values in Wyoming and Montana, USA is presented. The assessment encompasses a major river basin, and includes a synthesis of existing data and research related to the natural system and separate data collection efforts regarding the social and economic importance of ecosystem services. A holistic look at the social-ecological system...
‘Mind the Gap’ between ecosystem services classification and strategic decision making
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Publication date: October 2018Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 33, Part AAuthor(s): Alexander P.E. van Oudenhoven, Ewert Aukes, Lotte E. Bontje, Vera Vikolainen, Peter M. van Bodegom, Jill H. SlingerAbstractEcosystem services (ES) are increasingly embedded in policy agendas, but if and how policy actors are considering them is not often reported. This study assesses the extent to which ES were considered by key policy actors involved in the strategic decision-making process leading to an innovative large-scale Dutch coastal management project. We analysed retrospective interviews to...
Involving multiple actors in ecosystem service governance: Exploring the role of stated preference valuation
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Publication date: Available online 17 September 2018Source: Ecosystem ServicesAuthor(s): Nele Lienhoop, Christoph Schröter-SchlaackAbstractA main challenge of ecosystem service (ES) governance is engagement with the multiple actors involved in the management of ecosystem services. This task is demanding because (1) Actor interests differ depending on whether they demand or supply ecosystem services, and (2) there are multiple and often contrary perceptions of ecosystem services. High hopes are placed on economic valuation to facilitate a mutual understanding on trade-offs in ecosystem...
Transparent and feasible uncertainty assessment adds value to applied ecosystem services modeling
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Publication date: Available online 17 September 2018Source: Ecosystem ServicesAuthor(s): Benjamin P. Bryant, Mark E. Borsuk, Perrine Hamel, Kirsten L.L. Oleson, C.J.E. Schulp, Simon WillcockAbstractWe introduce a special issue that aims to simultaneously motivate interest in uncertainty assessment (UA) and reduce the barriers practitioners face in conducting it. The issue, “Demonstrating transparent, feasible, and useful uncertainty assessment in ecosystem services modeling,” responds to findings from a 2016 workshop of academics and practitioners that identified challenges and...
Including uncertainty in valuing blue and green infrastructure for stormwater management
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Publication date: Available online 8 September 2018Source: Ecosystem ServicesAuthor(s): Richard Ashley, Berry Gersonius, Christopher Digman, Bruce Horton, Brian Smith, Paul ShafferAbstractBlue and green infrastructure (BGI) provides a wide range of ecosystem services (ES) and other benefits when managing stormwater, beyond flow and pollution control. A number of tools have been developed to value these benefits. In the UK, stormwater measures that utilise BGI are known as Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS). This paper outlines the Benefits of SuDS Tool (B£ST), developed in the UK by the...
Uncertainty analysis in integrated environmental models for ecosystem service assessments: Frameworks, challenges and gaps
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Publication date: Available online 7 September 2018Source: Ecosystem ServicesAuthor(s): Paul Baustert, Benoit Othoniel, Benedetto Rugani, Ulrich LeopoldAbstractIntegrated Environmental Models (IEMs) incorporating ecosystem services (ES) can be useful tools to support the decision-making. However, their successful application strongly depends upon the confidence decision-makers can place in their outputs. Uncertainty analysis (UA), including uncertainty location, identification, characterization, treatment and communication to decision-makers, can increase their confidence in the used model...
Uncertainty in data for hydrological ecosystem services modelling: Potential implications for estimating services and beneficiaries for the CAZ Madagascar
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Publication date: Available online 7 September 2018Source: Ecosystem ServicesAuthor(s): Arnout van Soesbergen, Mark MulliganAbstractThis study assesses the differences in modelled total runoff and modelled runoff delivered to people between different rainfall and population datasets in the Ankeniheny Zhamena Corridor (CAZ) of Eastern Madagascar. Runoff is estimated using the WaterWorld hydrological model driven by six rainfall datasets, and population is derived from five population datasets. Model results for runoff under different rainfall datasets lead to variability in runoff...
Qualitative comparative institutional analysis of environmental governance: Implications from research on payments for ecosystem services
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Publication date: Available online 22 August 2018Source: Ecosystem ServicesAuthor(s): Claas Meyer, Cheng Chen, Bettina MatzdorfAbstractDesigning environmental governance structures and in particular ecosystem services governance structures, means modifying, replacing, or creating institutional arrangements. Several scholars have tried to identify sets of functioning and particularly preferred institutional design principles for environmental governance. Comparative institutional analysis (CIA) plays a major role in this process and refers to comparing real-world institutions, organizations...
Business attitudes towards funding ecosystem services provided by urban forests
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 32, Part BAuthor(s): Helen J. Davies, Kieron J. Doick, Malcolm D. Hudson, Marije Schaafsma, Kate Schreckenberg, Gregory ValatinAbstractUrban trees and woodlands provide a wide range of ecosystem services (ES) to society, for example, flood risk reduction, air purification, and moderation of urban heat islands. Despite this, local government budgets for tree planting and maintenance have declined in many cities throughout the world. Thus far, the academic literature has largely ignored whether businesses are willing to help...
A salience index for integrating multiple user perspectives in cultural ecosystem service assessments
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 32, Part BAuthor(s): Felipe A.S. Vieira, Chiara Bragagnolo, Ricardo A. Correia, Ana C.M. Malhado, Richard J. LadleAbstractCultural ecosystem services (CES) include non-material values such as recreation, aesthetic enjoyment, and spiritual fulfilment. Such values are culturally specific, and frequently difficult to measure and monetarize. The standard methodology to assess CES is through social surveys, though these are often costly, lack standardization and are geographically restricted. An alternative to surveys is to use...
Identifying governance challenges in ecosystem services management – Conceptual considerations and comparison of global forest cases
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 32, Part BAuthor(s): Thomas Falk, Joachim H. Spangenberg, Marianna Siegmund-Schultze, Susanne Kobbe, Til Feike, Daniel Kuebler, Josef Settele, Tobias VorlauferAbstractEcosystems around the world generate a wide range of services. Often, there are trade-offs in ecosystem service provision. Managing such trade-offs requires governance of interdependent action situations. We distinguished between (1) enhancing action situations where beneficiaries create, maintain, or improve an ESS and (2) appropriation action situations where...
From pork to fork: The social experience of bundles of interacting ecosystem services through gastronomy
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 32, Part BAuthor(s): Ana Sofia Vaz, Emilie Crouzat, Frederico Santarém, Volker Grescho, Cláudia Carvalho-SantosAbstractThere is an increasing recognition that ecosystem services are inclusive and form bundles of services that deliver multiple contributions to people. Traditionally, the notion of bundles of services is grounded on biophysical assessments and less attention has been paid to the perspective of human experience and valuation of these bundles. Information about the benefits and values of bundles of services is...
Developed-developing world partnerships for sustainable development (3): Reducing carbon sequestration uncertainties in south Indian tropical dry evergreen forest
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 32, Part BAuthor(s): Mark Everard, James Longhurst, John Pontin, Wendy Stephenson, Joss Brooks, Molly ByrneAbstractClimate regulation services provided by tropical dry evergreen forest (TDEF), a threatened habitat of India’s Coromandel Coast, appear significant due to high carbon assimilation rates. International markets for climate regulation represent an ‘anchor service’ potentially promoting TDEF restoration, co-beneficially generating multiple linked ecosystem services. Understanding the forest type and carbon...