Routledge Handbook of Ecosystem Services

Routledge Handbook of Ecosystem Services
Author: Marion Potschin,Roy Haines-Young,Robert Fish,R. Kerry Turner
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 630
Release: 2016-01-22
ISBN 10: 1317687035
ISBN 13: 9781317687030
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Routledge Handbook of Ecosystem Services Book Review:

The idea that nature provides services to people is one of the most powerful concepts to have emerged over the last two decades. It is shaping our understanding of the role that biodiverse ecosystems play in the environment and their benefits for humankind. As a result, there is a growing interest in operational and methodological issues surrounding ecosystem services amongst environmental managers, and many institutions are now developing teaching programmes to equip the next generation with the skills needed to apply the concepts more effectively. This handbook provides a comprehensive reference text on ecosystem services, integrating natural and social science (including economics). Collectively the chapters, written by the world's leading authorities, demonstrate the importance of biodiversity for people, policy and practice. They also show how the value of ecosystems to society can be expressed in monetary and non-monetary terms, so that the environment can be better taken into account in decision making. The significance of the ecosystem service paradigm is that it helps us redefine and better communicate the relationships between people and nature. It is shown how these are essential to resolving challenges such as sustainable development and poverty reduction, and the creation of a green economy in developing and developed world contexts.

Ecosystem Services

Ecosystem Services
Author: Mark Everard
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 188
Release: 2017-03-27
ISBN 10: 1315531801
ISBN 13: 9781315531809
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ecosystem Services Book Review:

The concept of ecosystem services has emerged in recent years as one of the most powerful guiding principles for ecology, biodiversity conservation and the management of natural resources. It provides the basis of assessing the multiple values and services that ecosystems can provide to humankind, including such diverse issues as carbon sequestration, flood control, crop pollination and aesthetic and cultural services. This introductory textbook sets out the key aspects of ecosystem services. The book details the historical roots of ecosystem services in the second half of the twentieth century and through initiatives such as the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. It shows how ecosystem goods and services can be categorised and valued in economic as well as non-monetary terms, while also highlighting some of the difficulties and limitations of valuation techniques. The author describes how themes such as systems thinking, social-ecological resilience and natural capital relate to ecosystem services, and how these can contribute to more sustainable and equitable development. The book assumes limited prior knowledge and is aimed at a wide interdisciplinary audience of students across the social, environmental and life sciences. It is illustrated by a wide range of international case studies and includes learning objectives and guidance for further reading.

Ecosystem Services

Ecosystem Services
Author: Jetske A. Bouma,Pieter J. H. van Beukering
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 274
Release: 2015-01-29
ISBN 10: 1107062888
ISBN 13: 9781107062887
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ecosystem Services Book Review:

Draws on a range of interdisciplinary perspectives to provide a framework for translating concepts into ecosystem-related decision-making and practice.

Atlas of Ecosystem Services

Atlas of Ecosystem Services
Author: Matthias Schröter,Aletta Bonn,Stefan Klotz,Ralf Seppelt,Cornelia Baessler
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 414
Release: 2019-01-31
ISBN 10: 3319962299
ISBN 13: 9783319962290
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Atlas of Ecosystem Services Book Review:

This book aims to identify, present and discuss key driving forces and pressures on ecosystem services. Ecosystem services are the contributions that ecosystems provide to human well-being. The scope of this atlas is on identifying solutions and lessons to be applied across science, policy and practice. The atlas will address different components of ecosystem services, assess risks and vulnerabilities, and outline governance and management opportunities. The atlas will therefore attract a wide audience, both from policy and practice and from different scientific disciplines. The emphasis will be on ecosystems in Europe, as the available data on service provision is best developed for this region and recognizes the strengths of the contributing authors. Ecosystems of regions outside Europe will be covered where possible.

Ecosystem Services

Ecosystem Services
Author: Ronald E. Hester,Roy M. Harrison
Publsiher: Royal Society of Chemistry
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2010
ISBN 10: 1849730180
ISBN 13: 9781849730181
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ecosystem Services Book Review:

As human populations grow, so do the resource demands imposed on ecosystems, and the impacts of anthropogenic use and abuse are becoming ever more apparent. This has led to the development of the concept of ecosystem services, which describes the beneficial functions provided by ecosystems for human society. Ecosystem services are limited and hence threatened by over-exploitation, and there is an urgent imperative to evaluate trade-offs between immediate and long-term human needs and to take action to protect biodiversity, which is a key factor in delivering ecosystem services. To help inform decision-makers, economic value is increasingly being associated with many ecosystem services and is often based on the replacement with anthropogenic alternatives. The on-going challenges of maintaining sustainable ecosystems and prescribing economic value to nature is prompting multi-disciplinary shifts in how we recognise and manage the environment. This volume brings together emerging topics in environmental science, making an excellent source for policy makers and environmental consultants working in the field or related areas. Ecosystem Services also serves as a concise and referenced primer for advanced students and researchers in environmental science and management.

Earth Observation of Ecosystem Services

Earth Observation of Ecosystem Services
Author: Domingo Alcaraz-Segura,Carlos Marcelo Di Bella,Julieta Veronica Straschnoy
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 518
Release: 2013-11-12
ISBN 10: 1466505885
ISBN 13: 9781466505889
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Earth Observation of Ecosystem Services Book Review:

A balanced review of differing approaches based on remote sensing tools and methods to assess and monitor biodiversity, carbon and water cycles, and the energy balance of terrestrial ecosystem. Earth Observation of Ecosystem Services highlights the advantages Earth observation technologies offer for quantifying and monitoring multiple ecosystem functions and services. It provides a multidisciplinary reference that expressly covers the use of remote sensing for quantifying and monitoring multiple ecosystem services. Rather than exhaustively cover all possible ecosystem services, this book takes a global look at the most relevant remote sensing approaches to estimate key ecosystem services from satellite data. Structured in four main sections, it covers carbon cycle, biodiversity, water cycle, and energy balance. Each section contains a review of conceptual and empirical methods, techniques, and case studies linking remotely sensed data to the biophysical variables and ecosystem functions associated with key ecosystem services. The book identifies relevant issues and challenges of assessment, presents cutting-edge sensing techniques, uses globally implemented tools to quantify ecosystem functions, and presents examples of successful monitoring programs. Covering recent developments undertaken on the global and national stage from Earth observation satellite data, it includes valuable lessons and recommendations and novel ways to improve current global monitoring systems. The book delineates the use of Earth observation data so that it can be used to quantify, map, value, and manage the valuable goods and services that ecosystems provide to societies around the world.

Valuing Ecosystem Services

Valuing Ecosystem Services
Author: National Research Council,Division on Earth and Life Studies,Water Science and Technology Board,Committee on Assessing and Valuing the Services of Aquatic and Related Terrestrial Ecosystems
Publsiher: National Academies Press
Total Pages: 290
Release: 2005-05-14
ISBN 10: 030909318X
ISBN 13: 9780309093187
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Nutrient recycling, habitat for plants and animals, flood control, and water supply are among the many beneficial services provided by aquatic ecosystems. In making decisions about human activities, such as draining a wetland for a housing development, it is essential to consider both the value of the development and the value of the ecosystem services that could be lost. Despite a growing recognition of the importance of ecosystem services, their value is often overlooked in environmental decision-making. This report identifies methods for assigning economic value to ecosystem servicesâ€"even intangible onesâ€"and calls for greater collaboration between ecologists and economists in such efforts.

The Justices and Injustices of Ecosystem Services

The Justices and Injustices of Ecosystem Services
Author: Thomas Sikor
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2013-07-18
ISBN 10: 1135958491
ISBN 13: 9781135958497
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Justices and Injustices of Ecosystem Services Book Review:

Humankind benefits from a multitude of resources and processes that are supplied by ecosystems, and collectively these benefits are known as ecosystem services. Interest in this topic has grown exponentially over the last decade, as biologists and economists have tried to quantify these benefits to justify management interventions. Yet, as this book demonstrates, the implications for justice and injustice have rarely been explored and works on environmental justice are only now addressing the importance of ecosystem services. The authors establish important new middle ground in arguments between conservationists and critics of market-based interventions such as Payment for Ecosystem Services. Neither can environmental management be separated from justice concerns, as some conservationists like to believe, nor is it in fundamental opposition to justice, as critics like to put it. The book develops this novel interpretation of justice in environmental management through analyses of prominent governance interventions and the conceptual underpinnings of the ecosystem services framework. Key examples described are revenue-sharing around protected areas and REDD+ for forest ecosystems. The analyses demonstrate that interventions create opportunities for enhancing social justice, yet also reveal critical design features that cause ostensibly technical interventions to generate injustices.

Valuing Ecosystem Services

Valuing Ecosystem Services
Author: K N Ninan
Publsiher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2014-08-29
ISBN 10: 1781955166
ISBN 13: 9781781955161
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Valuing Ecosystem Services Book Review:

This thought provoking book draws together prominent international authorities to discuss the key methodological issues and challenges in valuing ecosystem services. Covering a cross-section of ecosystems and services in different sites, countries and

Valuing Ecosystem Services

Valuing Ecosystem Services
Author: Stavros Georgiou,R. Kerry Turner
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2012-05-04
ISBN 10: 1136549153
ISBN 13: 9781136549151
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Ecosystem services can be broadly defined as the aspects of ecosystems that provide benefits to people. This book provides guidance on the valuation of ecosystem services, using the case of multifunctional wetlands to illustrate and make recommendations regarding the methods and techniques that can be applied to appraise management options. It provides a review of ecosystem service valuation rationale, including its importance from both a policy and project appraisal perspective, and a useful reference when considering policy and appraisal of ecosystem management options. It shows how legal obligations and other high-level management targets should be taken into account in valuation exercises, thus giving important policy context to the management options. The authors set out what they call an Ecosystem Services Approach to the full appraisal of the role of ecosystem services in the economy and society. Although concentrating on wetlands, the approaches suggested provide an assessment framework that can be applied to other types of ecosystem assets.

Ecosystem Services

Ecosystem Services
Author: Inge Liekens,Leo De Nocker,Steven Broekx,Joris Aertsens,Anil Markandya
Publsiher: Elsevier Inc. Chapters
Total Pages: 456
Release: 2013-10-11
ISBN 10: 0128074175
ISBN 13: 9780128074176
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ecosystem Services Book Review:

This chapter introduces the concept of monetary valuation of ecosystem services (ES) and lists the available methods. It discusses what exactly can be valued and the possible use of economic valuation in valuing ecosystem services. Examples of valuation exercises in Belgium are given. We conclude that monetary valuation is promising to value the impact of small changes in ecosystem services on human welfare. The different methods used to value these changes all have advantages and disadvantages. Although some relevant issues concerning the methods themselves remain, the most important issue is to determine how to make practical use of the available data in policy decisions. Guidance is needed on how the data should be used for value transfer.

Ecosystem Services in Urban Developing Areas

Ecosystem Services in Urban   Developing Areas
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 83
Release: 2007
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: MINN:31951P010678856
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Insects and Sustainability of Ecosystem Services

Insects and Sustainability of Ecosystem Services
Author: Timothy D. Schowalter
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 362
Release: 2013-05-23
ISBN 10: 1466553901
ISBN 13: 9781466553903
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Insects and Sustainability of Ecosystem Services Book Review:

With few exceptions, insects are perceived in industrialized countries as undesirable pests. In reality, relatively few insects interfere with us or our resources. Most have benign or positive effects on ecosystem services, and many represent useful resources in non-industrialized countries. Challenging traditional perceptions of the value of insects, Insects and Sustainability of Ecosystem Services explores the ways insects affect the ecosystem services we depend upon. It also fosters an appreciation for the amazing diversity, adaptive ability, and natural roles of insects. The book discusses how the ways in which we manage insects will determine an ecosystem’s capacity to continue to supply services. It reviews aspects of insect physiology, behavior, and ecology that affect their interactions with other ecosystem components and ecosystem services, emphasizing critical effects of insects on the sustainability of ecosystem processes and services. The author examines the integration of insect ecology with self-regulatory aspects of ecosystems that control primary production, energy and nutrient fluxes, and global climate—functions that underlie the sustainability of ecosystem services. Clearly, we need environmental policies that meet needs for pest control where warranted, but do not undermine the important contributions of insects to sustaining ecosystem processes and services. With in-depth coverage of the multiple, often compensatory, effects of insects on various resources or ecosystem services and on the consequences of control tactics for those resources or services, Insects and Sustainability of Ecosystem Services recommends changes in perspectives and policies regarding insects that will contribute to sustainability of ecosystem services.

Ecosystem Services

Ecosystem Services
Author: Sander Jacobs,Nicolas Dendoncker,Hans Keune
Publsiher: Elsevier
Total Pages: 456
Release: 2013-10-11
ISBN 10: 0124199801
ISBN 13: 9780124199804
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ecosystem Services Book Review:

Ecosystem Services: Global Issues, Local Practices covers scientific input, socioeconomic considerations, and governance issues on ecosystem services. This book provides hands-on transdisciplinary reflections by administrators and sector representatives involved in the ecosystem service community. Ecosystem Services develops shared approaches and scientific methods to achieve knowledge-based sustainable planning and management of ecosystem services. Professionals engaged in ecosystem service implementation have two options: de-emphasize the ecological and socioeconomic complexity and advance in the theoretical, abstract field, or try to develop research that is policy relevant and inclusive in an uncertain environment. This book provides a wide overview of issues at stake, of interest for any professional wishing to develop a broader view on ecosystem service science and practice. Examines a broad scope of relevant issues to create common understanding in the ecosystem services community Includes contributions from several backgrounds, providing a broad, multidisciplinary view Offers recommendations to develop a thorough understanding and management of ecosystem services based on tools and research in larger territories as well as on local scales

Defining an Economics Research Program to Describe and Evaluate Ecosystem Services

Defining an Economics Research Program to Describe and Evaluate Ecosystem Services
Author: J. D. Kline
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 46
Release: 2006
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: MINN:31951D02974980Y
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Defining an Economics Research Program to Describe and Evaluate Ecosystem Services Book Review:

Balancing society's multiple and sometimes competing objectives regarding forests calls for information describing the direct and indirect benefits resulting from forest policy and management, whether to address wildfire, loss of open space, unmanaged recreation, ecosystem restoration, or other objectives. The USDA Forest Service recently has proposed the concept of ecosystem services as a framework for (1) describing the many benefits provided by public and private forests, (2), evaluating the effects of policy and management decisions involving public and private forest lands, and (3) advocating the use of economic and market-based incentives to protect private forest lands from development. The concept extends traditional economic theory regarding multiple forest benefits and the use of economic incentives to enhance their provision, by emphasizing ecosystems as an organizing structure for benefits. Although the emphasis on ecosystems is new, challenges in evaluating ecosystem services are similar to those long faced by economists tasked with evaluating forest benefits: (1) defining a typology of ecosystem services, (2) describing and measuring ecosystem services units or outputs, and (3) describing and measuring ecosystem services per unit of values or social weights. Progress within the Forest Service in applying the ecosystem services concept to forest policy and management will depend on knowing what information will suffice, working across disciplines, deciding on appropriate analytical frameworks, defining the appropriate role of economic and market-based incentives, and adequately funding economics research.

The Economics of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

The Economics of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
Author: Shunsuke Managi
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2012
ISBN 10: 0415625637
ISBN 13: 9780415625630
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Economics of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Book Review:

Ecosystems and biodiversity have been degraded over decades due to human activities. One of the critical causes is market failure: the current market only accounts tangible resources and neglects intangible functions, such as climate control and natural hazard mitigation. Under such circumstances in capitalism, land conversion and resource exploitation, which generate financial income, are highly prioritised over conservation, which is not necessarily beneficial in monetary terms. To halt ecosystem degradation, thus, the values of ecosystem services need to be visualised and economic instruments for ecosystem conservation should be further developed. This book focuses on these two aspects and performs several studies, including valuation of ecosystem services, productivity analysis, institutional design of payment for ecosystem services (PES), impact assessment of reduction emission from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), and economic experiment of mitigation banking scheme. From these analysis, economic values of ecosystem services are demonstrated from both supply and demand side, and the directions for improving economic instruments are indicated both directly and indirectly. As many of these analysis are usually conducted in the North America and Europe, this book is unique in geographical focus, namely, Japan, Asia and globe. Also, wide variety of ecosystems are targeted for studies; agricultural lands, forests, wetlands, and marine. Hence, this will be informative introduction for those who desire to study economics of biodiversity and ecosystem services in these regions and of these ecological zones.

Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation OPEN ACCESS

Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation  OPEN ACCESS
Author: Kate Schreckenberg,Georgina Mace,Mahesh Poudyal
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 326
Release: 2018-04-27
ISBN 10: 042901628X
ISBN 13: 9780429016288
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation OPEN ACCESS Book Review:

Understanding how to sustain the services that ecosystems provide in support of human wellbeing is an active and growing research area. This book provides a state-of-the-art review of current thinking on the links between ecosystem services and poverty alleviation. In part it showcases the key findings of the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme, which has funded over 120 research projects in more than 50 countries since 2010. ESPA’s goal is to ensure that ecosystems are being sustainably managed in a way that contributes to poverty alleviation as well as to inclusive and sustainable growth. As governments across the world map how they will achieve the 17 ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, most of which have poverty alleviation, wellbeing and sustainable environmental management at their heart, ESPA’s findings have never been more timely and relevant. The book synthesises the headline messages and compelling evidence to address the questions at the heart of ecosystems and wellbeing research. The authors, all leading specialists, address the evolving framings and contexts for the work, review the impacts of ongoing drivers of change, present new ways to achieve sustainable wellbeing, equity, diversity, and resilience, and evaluate the potential contributions from conservation projects, payment schemes, and novel governance approaches across scales from local to national and international. The cross-cutting, thematic chapters challenge conventional wisdom in some areas, and validate new methods and approaches for sustainable development in others. The book will provide a rich and important reference source for advanced students, researchers and policy-makers in ecology, environmental studies, ecological economics and sustainable development. The Open Access version of this book, available at https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780429016295, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

Soil Ecology and Ecosystem Services

Soil Ecology and Ecosystem Services
Author: Diana H. Wall,Richard D. Bardgett,Valerie Behan-Pelletier,Jeffrey E. Herrick,T. Hefin Jones,Wim H. van der Putten,Donald R. Strong
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 424
Release: 2013-07-18
ISBN 10: 0199688168
ISBN 13: 9780199688166
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Soil Ecology and Ecosystem Services Book Review:

This multi-contributor, international volume synthesizes contributions from the world's leading soil scientists and ecologists, describing cutting-edge research that provides a basis for the maintenance of soil health and sustainability. The book covers these advances from a unique perspective of examining the ecosystem services produced by soil biota across different scales - from biotic interactions at microscales to communities functioning at regional and global scales. The book leads the user towards an understanding of how the sustainability of soils, biodiversity, and ecosystem services can be maintained and how humans, other animals, and ecosystems are dependent on living soils and ecosystem services. This is a valuable reference book for academic libraries and professional ecologists worldwide as a statement of progress in the broad field of soil ecology. It will also be of interest to both upper level undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in soil ecology, as well as academic researchers and professionals in the field requiring an authoritative, balanced, and up-to-date overview of this fast expanding topic.

Planning for Ecosystem Services in Cities

Planning for Ecosystem Services in Cities
Author: Davide Geneletti,Chiara Cortinovis,Linda Zardo,Blal Adem Esmail
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 87
Release: 2019-01-01
ISBN 10: 3030200248
ISBN 13: 9783030200244
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Planning for Ecosystem Services in Cities Book Review:

This open access book presents current knowledge about ecosystem services (ES) in urban planning, and discusses various urban ES topics such as spatial distribution of urban ecosystems, population distribution, and physical infrastructure properties. The book addresses all these issues by: i) investigating to what extent ecosystem services are currently included in urban plans, and discussing what is still needed to improve planning practice; ii) illustrating how to develop ecosystem services indicators and information that can be used by urban planners to enhance plan design; iii) demonstrating the application of ES assessments to support urban planning processes through case studies; and iv) reflecting on criteria for addressing equity in urban planning through ecosystem service assessments, by exploring issues associated with the supply of, the access to and demand for ES by citizens. Through fully worked out case studies, from policy questions, to baseline analysis and indicators, and from option comparison to proposed solutions, the book offers readers detailed and accessible coverage of outstanding issues and proposed solutions to better integrate ES in city planning. The overall purpose of the book is to provide a compact reference that can be used by researchers as a key resource offering an updated perspective and overview on the field, as well as by practitioners and planners/decision makers as a source of inspiration for their activity. Additionally, the book will be a suitable resource for both undergraduate and post-graduate courses in planning and geography.

Ecosystem Services

Ecosystem Services
Author: Stephen Muddiman
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 163
Release: 2019-02-28
ISBN 10: 3030138194
ISBN 13: 9783030138196
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ecosystem Services Book Review:

This book bridges the gap between economic and ecological theory and practice. Its main focus is on how the principles of the Austrian School of economics could improve the validity of Ecosystem Services. The concept of ‘Ecosystem Services’ is a relatively recent innovation in environmental thought. The current system is dependent upon mainstream economic theory, in which monetary and fiscal policy controls the prevailing health of the economy. The dependence on this approach to finance, Muddiman argues, limits the potential of ecosystem services and exacerbates the effects of the existing flawed economic model. The book highlights the links between ecological and economic methodologies and concepts and outlines how the principles of Austrian Economic theory could provide better environmental outcomes. It then goes on to formulate approaches to ecosystem services which could act as drivers towards a new biodiversity-based economic framework built around distributed ledger technology, or ‘blockchain’. The key distinction of this book is its consideration of ecosystem services as a function of the current economic system. Using this as a starting point it investigates how an alternative economic model would achieve the integration of environmental considerations into economic decision making.