Title: The role of enabling actors in ecosystem service accounting
Publisher: ARPHA Journal Publishing System
Publication Year: 2017
JRC N°: JRC107776
URI: https://oneecosystem.pensoft.net/article/20834/
DOI: 10.3897/oneeco.2.e20834
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: When accounting for ecosystem services it is important to distinguish between the flow of services and the flow of benefits (which can be SNA or non-SNA) generated by those services. To operationalise this difference in accounting may require particular attention in allocating each flow in the use table: to enabling actors in the case of services and to beneficiaries in the case of benefits. To deal with the general concept of users without specifying whether we refer to services or benefits could in fact lead to misunderstanding. This paper discusses the issue of allocation of ecosystem services and the role of enabling actors through a pratical example of water purification accounts in one european country. The proper allocation of the flow of the service can in fact facilitate the establishment of a causality nexus between the actions of economic actors and ecological consequences and vice versa.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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