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Using incentives to coordinate responses to a system of payments for watershed services: The middle route of South–North Water Transfer Project, China
01. August 2018
Publication date: August 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 32, Part A Author(s): Jichuan Sheng, Michael Webber In any scheme of payments for watershed services, the incentive size can directly affect the watershed services which are provided by water-source areas. It is necessary to understand the payments for watershed services in the Middle Route of China’s South–North Water Transfer (SNWT) from the perspective of the relations among the central and local governments. The distributions of interests among governments need to be coordinated under the Chinese authoritarian...
Ecosystem services and judge-made law: A review of legal cases in common law countries
01. August 2018
Publication date: August 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 32, Part A Author(s): Ori Sharon, Sydney N. Fishman, J.B. Ruhl, Lydia Olander, Stephen E. Roady This paper reviews the prevalence and usage of the concept of “ecosystem services” in American and other common law legal systems. Our review suggests that this concept is rarely relied upon by courts and other adjudicatory bodies. We have identified 113 cases in seven common law countries, including a handful in the United States, the majority of which discuss ecosystem services and related concepts in only a...
Information content of global ecosystem service databases and their suitability for decision advice
01. August 2018
Publication date: August 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 32, Part A Author(s): Stefan Schmidt, Ralf Seppelt Databases have the potential to facilitate the integration of ecosystem service (ES) information into decision advice by collecting and condensing big data volumes in a standardized form. In this article we examined how ES databases support policy instruments to take nature’s benefits into account in decision-making. We analyzed 29 databases with global coverage containing information of 36,112 studies, projects and methods within more than 600,000 entries. We...
The interactions between livelihood capitals and access of local communities to the forest provisioning services of the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest, Bangladesh
01. August 2018
Publication date: August 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 32, Part A Author(s): Abu S.M.G. Kibria, Robert Costanza, Colin Groves, Alison M. Behie This study aims to understand the influence of livelihood capitals on access to provisioning services (PS) of the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest (SMF) including honey, crabs, mixed fish, shrimp, shrimp fry and fuelwood. The interactions among several livelihood capital components played significant roles in shaping the composite effect of respective livelihood capitals on the access to PS. The effect of human capital was...
Integrated modelling for economic valuation of the role of forests and woodlands in drinking water provision to two African cities
01. August 2018
Publication date: August 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 32, Part A Author(s): Biniam B. Ashagre, Philip J. Platts, Marco Njana, Neil D. Burgess, Andrew Balmford, R. Kerry Turner, Marije Schaafsma Rapidly growing economies often have high population growth, resulting in agricultural expansion in rural areas and increased water demand in urban areas. Conversion of forests and woodlands to agriculture may threaten safe and reliable water supply in cities. This study assesses the regulating functions and economic values of forests and woodlands in meeting the water...
Barriers to PES programs in Indigenous communities: A lesson in land tenure insecurity from the Hopi Indian reservation
01. August 2018
Publication date: August 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 32, Part A Author(s): Michael Kotutwa Johnson, Aaron M. Lien, Natalya Robbins Sherman, Laura López-Hoffman There has been significant study of barriers to implementation of payment for ecosystem services in Indigenous communities in less developed countries. These barriers include land tenure insecurity and lack of access to capital. However, there is no similar research in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries. Our research fills this gap. We hypothesize that mismatches...
Ecosystem service analysis in marginal agricultural lands: A case study in Belize
01. August 2018
Publication date: August 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 32, Part A Author(s): Geoff J. Wells, Neil Stuart, Peter A. Furley, Casey M. Ryan Globally, marginal lands, or less favored areas (LFAs), cover significant areas with large human populations, yet are relegated in policy making due to their perceived low agricultural value and a lack of information about other ecosystem services (ES) they may provide. Here we applied a simple, inclusive and qualitative ES inventory and Bayesian Belief Network modelling approach to a neo-tropical savanna LFA in Belize to assess its...
A global meta-analysis on the monetary valuation of dryland ecosystem services: The role of socio-economic, environmental and methodological indicators
01. August 2018
Publication date: August 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 32, Part A Author(s): Johanna E.M. Schild, Jan E. Vermaat, Rudolf S. de Groot, Simone Quatrini, Peter M. van Bodegom Monetary valuation of dryland ecosystem services may help to increase the salience of drylands in decision making. Yet, there is no comprehensive assessment of the indicators that determine the estimated monetary values for dryland ecosystem services (hereafter: dryland value). Having compiled a database consisting of 559 observations from 66 valuation studies in drylands worldwide, this study...
The interplay between fish farming and nature based recreation-tourism in Southern Chile: A perception approach
01. August 2018
Publication date: August 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 32, Part A Author(s): Luis Outeiro, Sebastian Villasante, Hugo Oyarzo Nature based tourism, ecotourism and other types of recreation are an intangible cultural marine ecosystem services. Due to its geographical conditions, Southern Chile has been worldwide-recognised site by its nature based tourism attraction. Fish farming has had since 1980’s a consistent development in the region with jumps and bumps, but still occupying a dominant role in the region’s economy. Previous reports about perceptions from...
Future uncertainty in scenarios of ecosystem services provision: Linking differences among narratives and outcomes
01. August 2018
Publication date: Available online 23 June 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): Zuzana V. Harmáčková, David Vačkář Future provision of ecosystem services (ES) has been increasingly analysed through the scenario approach to address uncertainties and to communicate them to stakeholders and decision-makers. Multiple uncertainty-related aspects of the scenario approach have been discussed in the literature, e.g. how uncertainty is accounted for in ES modelling processes. However, this contribution aims to address another uncertainty-related aspect of scenario analysis...
Non-monetary valuation using Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis: Using a strength-of-evidence approach to inform choices among alternatives
01. August 2018
Publication date: Available online 21 June 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): D.M. Martin, M. Mazzotta This article demonstrates an approach to Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis that compares non-monetary ecosystem service (ES) outcomes for environmental decision making. ES outcomes are often inadequately defined and characterized by imprecision and uncertainty. Outranking methods enrich our understanding of the imperfect knowledge of ES outcomes by allowing decision makers to closely examine and apply preference measures to relationships among the outcomes. We explain the...
Corrigendum to “Attached to or bound to a place? The impact of green space availability on residential duration: The environmental justice perspective” [Ecosyst. Serv. 30(part B) (2018...
01. August 2018
Publication date: Available online 7 June 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services Author(s): Edyta Łaszkiewicz, Jakub Kronenberg, Szymon Marcińczak
Editorial Board
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 31, Part A
Editorial Board
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 31, Part B
Contents
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 31, Part A
Contents
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 31, Part B
Does an agroforestry scheme with payment for ecosystem services (PES) economically empower women in sub-Saharan Africa?
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 31, Part A Author(s): Emmanuel O. Benjamin, Oreoluwa Ola, Gertrud Buchenrieder In rural sub-Saharan Africa, poor women often face socioeconomic constraints that limit their participation in agroforestry. Agroforestry schemes with payment for ecosystem services (PES) endeavor to strike a gender balance making female smallholder farmers’ operations as profitable and sustainable as those of their male counterparts. Yet, few studies to date have investigated the theoretical and empirical links between the economic as well...
Global flows of ecosystem services
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 31, Part B Author(s): Thomas Koellner, Matthias Schröter, Catharina J.E. Schulp, Peter H. Verburg
Effects of land use change on ecosystem services value in West Jilin since the reform and opening of China
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 31, Part A Author(s): Li Fei, Zhang Shuwen, Yang Jiuchun, Chang Liping, Yang Haijuan, Bu Kun Land resources were the foundation of human survival and development. The change of land use altered the pattern of vegetation and landscape, caused the change of ecosystem structure and function and changed the value of regional ecosystem services. This study spatially and quantitatively explored the impact of land use change on the ecosystem service value in West Jilin since the reform and opening of China. The results...
Interregional flows of ecosystem services: Concepts, typology and four cases
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Ecosystem Services, Volume 31, Part B Author(s): Matthias Schröter, Thomas Koellner, Rob Alkemade, Sebastian Arnhold, Kenneth J. Bagstad, Karl-Heinz Erb, Karin Frank, Thomas Kastner, Meidad Kissinger, Jianguo Liu, Laura López-Hoffman, Joachim Maes, Alexandra Marques, Berta Martín-López, Carsten Meyer, Catharina J.E. Schulp, Jule Thober, Sarah Wolff, Aletta Bonn Conserving and managing global natural capital requires an understanding of the complexity of flows of ecosystem services across geographic boundaries...