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dc.contributor.authorLIQUETE GARCIA MARIA DEL CAMINOen_GB
dc.contributor.authorCID PUEY NURIAen_GB
dc.contributor.authorLANZANOVA DENISen_GB
dc.contributor.authorGRIZZETTI Brunaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorREYNAUD ARNAUDen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-14T00:09:30Z-
dc.date.available2016-10-12en_GB
dc.date.available2016-10-14T00:09:30Z-
dc.date.created2016-10-11en_GB
dc.date.issued2016en_GB
dc.date.submitted2016-04-26en_GB
dc.identifier.citationECOLOGICAL INDICATORS vol. 63 p. 249–257en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1470-160Xen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1470160X15006986en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC101420-
dc.description.abstractThe relationship between biodiversity and each ecosystem service or bundle of ecosystem services (e.g. win-win, win-lose or win-neutral) is an active field of research that requires structured and consistent information. The application of that research for conservation and decision-making can be hampered by the ambiguity found in the definition of the nursery function under the ecosystem service perspective. In this paper we review how the role of nursery habitats is included in the ecosystem services literature, covering conceptual, biophysical and economic reflections. The role of ecosystems as nurseries is mostly analyzed in coastal environments. The main observation is that there is no consensus on the consideration of the nursery function as a service (e.g. which species or habitats) or on how to assess it (e.g. which indicators or valuation methods). After that review, we analyze three different interpretations given to the nursery function, namely the ecological, conservationist and economic point of view; and we distinguish between different types of assessment that may consider the nursery function. We conclude that the nursery function can be considered an ecosystem service on its own right when it is linked to a concrete human benefit and not when it is represented with indicators of general biodiversity or ecosystem condition. Thus, the analysis of the delivery of ecosystem services should be differentiated from the analysis of ecological integrity. Only with this distinction science may be able to quantify the link between biodiversity and ecosystem services and policy may be effective in halting biodiversity loss. Similar considerations could apply for other biodiversity constituents that may be treated as ecosystem services.en_GB
dc.description.sponsorshipJRC.D.2-Water and Marine Resourcesen_GB
dc.format.mediumOnlineen_GB
dc.languageENGen_GB
dc.publisherELSEVIER SCIENCE BVen_GB
dc.relation.ispartofseriesJRC101420en_GB
dc.titlePerspectives on the link between ecosystem services and biodiversity: The assessment of the nursery functionen_GB
dc.typeArticles in periodicals and booksen_GB
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.11.058en_GB
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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