Title: Selecting methods for ecosystem service assessment: A decision tree approach
Authors: HARRISON PAULADUNFORD ROBERTBARTON DAVIDKELEMEN ESZTERMARTÍN LÓPEZ BERTANORTON LISATERMANSEN METTESAARIKOSKI HELIHENDRIKS KEESGÓMEZ-BAGGETHUN ERIKCZÚCZ BÁLINTGARCÍA-LLORENTE MARIAHOWARD DAVIDJACOBS SANDERKARLSEN MARTINKOPPEROINEN LEENAMADSEN, ANDERSRUSCH GRACIELAVAN EUPEN MICHIELVERWEIJ PETERSMITH RONTUOMASJUKKA DIANAZULIAN GRAZIA
Citation: ECOSYSTEM SERVICES vol. 29 no. Part C p. 481-498
Publisher: ELSEVIER B.V.
Publication Year: 2018
JRC N°: JRC108431
ISSN: 2212-0416
URI: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212041617300487
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC108431
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2017.09.016
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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