Title: Measuring biophysical quantities and the use of indicators
Authors: REYERS BelindaBIDOGLIO GiovanniDHAR UppeandraGUNDIMEDA HaripriyaO¿FARRELL PatrickPARACCHINI Maria-LuisaPRIETO Oscar GomezSCHUTYSER Frederik
Publisher: Earthscan
Publication Year: 2010
JRC Publication N°: JRC62944
ISBN: 978-1-84971-212-5
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC62944
Type: Articles in books
Abstract: A lack of relevant information at different scales has hampered the ability to assess the economic consequences of the loss of ecosystems and biodiversity. Most of the current measures and indicators of biodiversity and ecosystems were developed for purposes other than the economic assessment outlined by TEEB. They are therefore unable to show clear relationships between components of biodiversity and the services or benefits they provide to people, making them less relevant to the audience and aims of TEEB. A reliance on these existing measures will in all likelihood capture the value of only a few species and ecosystems relevant to food and fibre production, and will miss out the role of biodiversity and ecosystems in supporting the full range of benefits, as well as their resilience into the future. A set of indicators is needed that is not only relevant and able to convey the message of the consequences of biodiversity loss, but must also be based on accepted methods that reflect the aspects of biodiversity involved and the service that is of interest, capture the often non-linear and multi-scale relationships between ecosystems and the benefits that they provide, and be convertible into economic terms. While it is possible to obtain preliminary estimates of the consequences of biodiversity and ecosystem loss using existing data and measures, these must be complemented with active research and development into the measurement of biodiversity and ecosystem change, their links to benefit flows and the value of these flows so as to realize the full value of biodiversity and ecosystem management
JRC Institute:Institute for Environment and Sustainability

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