Title: Integrating methods for ecosystem service assessment: experiences from real world situations
Authors: DUNFORD ROBERTHARRISON PAULASMITH ALISONDICK J.BARTON DAVIDMARTIN-LOPEZ BERTAKELEMEN ESZTERJACOBS SANDERSAARIKOSKI HELITURKELBOOM FRANCISVERHEYDEN WIMHAUCK JENNIFERANTUNES PAULAASZALÓS RÉKABADEA OVIDUBARO FRANCESCBERRY PAMCARVALHO LAURENCECONTE GIULIOCZÚCZ BÁLINTGARCIA BLANCO GEMMAHOWARD DAVIDGIUCA RELUGOMEZ-BAGGETHUN ERIKGRIZZETTI BRUNAIZAKOVICOVA ZITAKOPPEROINEN LEENALANGEMEYER JOHANNESLUQUE SANDRALAPOLA DAVIDMARTINEZ-PASTUR GUILLERMOMUKHOPADHYAY RAKTIMAROY S. B.NIEMELÄ JARINORTON LISAOCHIENG JOHNODEE DAVIDPALOMO IGNIACIOPINHO PATRICIAPRIESS JORGRUSCH GRACIELASAARELA SANNA-RIIKKASANTOS RUIVAN DER WAL JAN TJALLINGVADINEANU ANGHELUTAVÁRI ÁGNESWOODS HELENYLI-PELKONEN VESA
Citation: ECOSYSTEM SERVICES
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Publication Year: 2017
JRC N°: JRC108267
ISSN: 2212-0416
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212041617300190
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC108267
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2017.10.014
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The Ecosystem Services (ES) concept provides great potential to highlight the breadth of services provided by the environment to humans. In the OpenNESS project research teams from 26 case studies across Europe and the world worked with case study practitioners to assess and select ES methods to target the specific management challenges of each case. The methods available included a range of biophysical, monetary and non-monetary approaches and were capable of addressing case study questions regarding both the supply and demand of ecosystem services and their value to the people benefiting from them. This paper draws on an analysis of case study experiences, to detail both the diversity of ways that methods were combined in practice, and the reasons driving method selection in different contexts. The paper attempts to synthesise these experiences to provide take-home messages that illustrate where, and in what contexts, different methodological combinations were used. It provides suggestions for those working in ecosystem service assessment drawn from experience of the 26 cases. The findings of the OpenNESS case studies stress that methodological plurality, flexibility and creativity are key if the ES concept is to best address the practical challenges posed by real world situations.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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