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Marine ecosystem services in the Northern Mozambique Channel: A geospatial and socio-economic analysis for policy support
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Publication date: February 2019Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 35Author(s): Andrea Ghermandi, David Obura, Camilla Knudsen, Paulo A.L.D. NunesAbstractThe Northern Mozambique Channel hosts one of the world’s most outstanding terrestrial and marine biodiversity-rich areas. So far, the region has been only moderately impacted by human activities but rapidly evolving socio-economic pressures call for sustainable management of the region’s ecosystem service flows, which play a key role in supporting coastal livelihoods. In this paper, economic valuation and geospatial analysis are first...
Exploring subjective well-being and ecosystem services perception along a rural–urban gradient in the high Andes of Ecuador
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 34, Part AAuthor(s): Mateo Aguado, José A. González, Kr'sna Bellott, César López-Santiago, Carlos MontesAbstractUnderstanding sociocultural perceptions about human-nature relationships is essential to promote collective responses for sustainable ecosystem management. This study explores the sociocultural factors that influence subjective well-being (measured by life satisfaction) and how ecosystem services are perceived in an area inhabited by the Kichwa people, for whom the ancient notion of Good Living (Sumak Kawsay...
A participatory ecosystems services approach for pressure prioritisation in support of the Water Framework Directive
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 34, Part AAuthor(s): Theodoros Giakoumis, Nikolaos VoulvoulisAbstractThe pressure and impact analysis is an important process in integrated river basin management and a key procedural element of the EU Water Framework Directive. It aims to inform both the assessment of water body status and the development of management responses. However, the Directive does not provide prescriptive guidance on how it should be carried out and during the 1st river basin cycle, its application proved to be a real challenge. Incorporating...
How valuing cultural ecosystem services can advance participatory resource management: The case of the Dutch peatlands
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 34, Part AAuthor(s): H.A. van Hardeveld, P.P.J. Driessen, H. de Jong, M. Nefs, P.P. Schot, M.J. Wassen
The confused position of the geosciences within the “natural capital” and “ecosystem services” approaches
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 34, Part AAuthor(s): Murray GrayAbstractWhile the “natural capital” approach is generally including geology, the “ecosystem services” approach is often excluding it either consciously or unconsciously. This is regrettable as it means that the total importance and value of nature to human society is being undervalued. This paper explains these issues and outlines 25 major ways in which geodiversity benefits people. It also argues that geodiversity and biodiversity should be treated as equal partners when developing...
Positive effects of payments for ecosystem services on biodiversity and socio-economic development: Examples from Natura 2000 sites in Italy
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 34, Part AAuthor(s): Uta Schirpke, Davide Marino, Angelo Marucci, Margherita PalmieriAbstractPayments for ecosystem services (PES) are promising instruments to create additional funding for biodiversity conservation, but related socio-economic effects are rarely assessed. This study aimed at evaluating socio-economic benefits using a set of indicators related to 13 topics. Based on 50 cases in 21 Natura 2000 sites in Italy, our results revealed positive effects on the socio-economic development of the local communities as...
The relevance of stakeholders’ perceptions of ecosystem services in a rural-urban watershed in Mexico City
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 34, Part AAuthor(s): Alya Ramos, Julieta Jujnovsky, Lucía Almeida-LeñeroAbstractDespite the term ecosystem services (ES) being important for the study of the relationship between ecosystems and society, it is still not clear how to incorporate the socio-cultural dimension. Therefore, it is important to analyze the environmental perceptions of stakeholders and their relationships with ES. This paper aims to identify the ES perceived by groups of stakeholders in a rural-urban area immersed in a complex socio-environmental...
A novel management-based system of payments for ecosystem services for targeted agri-environmental policy
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 34, Part AAuthor(s): T. Rodríguez-Ortega, A.M. Olaizola, A. BernuésAbstractAgricultural policy should recognize the farmers’ role in delivering ecosystem services (ES) to society, for which both farmers and policy makers need improved tools to set objective environmental targets and fair distribution of subsidies. We aimed to quantify the effect of beneficial agricultural practices on ES delivery, and to develop and apply a generic framework of management-based payments for ES (PES). We carried out a Delphi expert...
Biodiversity research still falls short of creating links with ecosystem services and human well-being in a global hotspot
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 34, Part AAuthor(s): Aliny P.F. Pires, Aryanne G. Amaral, Maíra C.G. Padgurschi, Carlos A. Joly, Fabio R. ScaranoAbstractUnderstanding the links between biodiversity, ecosystem services (ES) and human well-being (HWB) is a prerequisite for furthering the agenda of several multilateral environmental agreements and global goals. We performed a systematic review to discuss the extent to which biodiversity research has addressed the interface between ES and HWB and we focused on Brazil as a case study of global relevance. We...
Land use/land cover change and the effects on ecosystem services in the Hengduan Mountain region, China
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 34, Part AAuthor(s): Yahui Wang, Erfu Dai, Le Yin, Liang MaAbstractAs one of the most important ecological functional area in China, the Hengduan Mountain region has experienced dramatic land use/land cover changes (LUCC) over the past 20 years, but the effects of these changes on ecosystem services remain unknown. We revised a proxy-based method to analyze LUCC and ecosystem service value (ESVs) dynamics over three decades, and evaluated the sensitivity of ESVs to LUCC by using an elasticity indicator. Forest land...
Development of a new framework for non-monetary accounting on ecosystem services valuation
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 34, Part AAuthor(s): Qing Yang, Gengyuan Liu, Marco Casazza, Elliot T. Campbell, Biagio F. Giannetti, Mark T. BrownAbstractTo appropriately support green development practices, there is an urgent need to improve Ecosystem Services Valuation (ESV) accounting approaches. This paper establishes a non-monetary accounting framework for ESV, which classifies the ES into direct services (directly related to the stock and flow), indirect services (through the functioning of ecosystem processes that produce the direct services) and...
Valuing the protection services of mangroves at national scale: The Philippines
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 34, Part AAuthor(s): Pelayo Menéndez, Iñigo J. Losada, Michael W. Beck, Saul Torres-Ortega, Antonio Espejo, Siddharth Narayan, Pedro Díaz-Simal, Glenn-Marie LangeAbstractIn this work we pilot a methodology to value the annual coastal protection benefits provided by mangroves in the Philippines and identify where these natural coastal defenses deliver the greatest protection. This is the first rigorous, engineering-based, nationwide evaluation of the effectiveness of mangrove habitats as natural defenses. By comparing...
Global relationships between biodiversity and nature-based tourism in protected areas
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 34, Part AAuthor(s): Min Gon Chung, Thomas Dietz, Jianguo LiuAbstractThe relationships between biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services (ES) are widely debated. However, it is still not clear how biodiversity conservation and ES interact with different strategies in and surrounding protected areas (PAs), the cornerstone for biodiversity conservation. Here, we present results on the interplay between biodiversity conservation and nature-based tourism (a cultural ES), while controlling for environmental and...
Ecosystem services’ values and improved revenue collection for regional protected areas
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Ecosystem Services, Volume 34, Part AAuthor(s): Mauro Masiero, Cristiano Franceschinis, Stefania Mattea, Mara Thiene, Davide Pettenella, Riccardo ScarpaAbstractThe management of conservation areas is a costly enterprise, especially vulnerable to budget cutting when austerity measures are being considered. Optimal spatial taxation dictates that tax-payers contribute proportionally to the benefits they receive. This paper provides a framework to derive spatially varied benefit estimates for ecosystem services produced in Natura 2000 protected areas of...
Spatially explicit framed field experiments on ecosystem services governance
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Publication date: Available online 23 October 2018Source: Ecosystem ServicesAuthor(s): Jens Rommel, Eva AnggrainiAbstractEconomic experiments have been advocated as an innovative research method to identify cause-and-effect relationships in social–ecological systems. In this short communication, we discuss the feasibility and practicality of introducing spatial and temporal dynamics into experiments with stakeholders in the field. We draw on our experience from an experiment conducted with 212 farmers in Indonesia. We find some potential of our approach to reduce artificiality and 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...
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...
Zoning does not improve the availability of ecosystem services in urban watersheds. A case study from Upstate South Carolina, USA
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Publication date: Available online 31 May 2018Source: Ecosystem ServicesAuthor(s): Melanie G. Brown, John E. QuinnAbstractWhen making governance decisions, such as land-use plans, policymakers must decide if and how to balance economic growth with environmental conservation. Often, and frequently not by choice, these decisions are made with limited or poor-quality data, which is often either too theoretical or too fine-scale, leading to poor land use planning within urban watersheds. As a case study of a governance technique, we analyzed the function of zoning on the relationship between...
Playing before paying? A PES simulation game for assessing power inequalities and motivations in the governance of Ecosystem Services
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Publication date: Available online 19 April 2018Source: Ecosystem ServicesAuthor(s): Pierre Merlet, Gert Van Hecken, René Rodriguez-FabilenaAbstractMarket-based conservation instruments, such as Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES), have become a dominant paradigm for environmental policies. Despite their broad endorsement, the implementation of PES schemes often rests on deep-seated power asymmetries and, therefore, risks reproducing existing inequalities. Thus, examination of PES should include how these schemes are constructed and negotiated between different actors, explicitly...
Citizens’ perspectives on marine protected areas as a governance strategy to effectively preserve marine ecosystem services and biodiversity
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Publication date: Available online 6 April 2018Source: Ecosystem ServicesAuthor(s): Stefania ToninAbstractImproving and conserving marine ecosystems to maintain and promote their sustainability and to enhance or protect biodiversity and ecosystems’ services and functions is clearly a necessity. The importance of biodiversity in supporting ecosystem services and functioning has been established; thus, the worldwide creation of marine protected areas (MPAs), the goals of which vary with location, design, management, and compliance enforcement has been increasing. This paper explores the...