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|Title:||Selecting methods for ecosystem service assessment: A decision tree approach|
|Authors:||HARRISON PAULA; DUNFORD ROBERT; BARTON DAVID; KELEMEN ESZTER; MARTÍN LÓPEZ BERTA; NORTON LISA; TERMANSEN METTE; SAARIKOSKI HELI; HENDRIKS KEES; GÓMEZ-BAGGETHUN ERIK; CZÚCZ BÁLINT; GARCÍA-LLORENTE MARIA; HOWARD DAVID; JACOBS SANDER; KARLSEN MARTIN; KOPPEROINEN LEENA; MADSEN, ANDERS; RUSCH GRACIELA; VAN EUPEN MICHIEL; VERWEIJ PETER; SMITH RON; TUOMASJUKKA DIANA; ZULIAN GRAZIA|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||A range of methods are available for assessing ecosystem services. Methods differ in their aims; from mapping and modelling the supply and demand of ecosystem services to appraising their economic and non-economic importance through valuation techniques. Comprehensive guidance for the selection of appropriate ecosystem service assessment methods that addresses the requirements of different decision-making contexts is lacking. This paper tackles this gap using the experience from 27 case studies which applied different biophysical, socio-cultural and monetary valuation methods to operationalise the ecosystem service concept towards sustainable land, water and urban management. A survey of the reasons why the case study teams selected particular methods revealed that stakeholder-oriented reasons, such as stakeholder participation, inclusion of local knowledge and ease of communication, and decision-oriented reasons, such as the purpose of the case study and the ecosystem services at stake, were key considerations in selecting a method. Pragmatic reasons such as available data, resources and expertise were also important factors. This information was used to develop a set of linked decision trees, which aim to provide guidance to researchers and practitioners in choosing ecosystem service assessment methods that are suitable for their context.|
|JRC Directorate:||Sustainable Resources|
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