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Environmental Sciences | Ecosystem Services – Concept, Methods and Case Studies

Ecosystem Services – Concept, Methods and Case Studies

Grunewald, Karsten, Bastian, Olaf (Eds.)

2015, I, 287 p. 14 illus. in color.

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  • Easily readable, understandable for a wide readership, but scientifically sophisticated representation of a future-oriented and highly relevant topic
  • Explanation of terms, categories and assessment systems for ecosystem services
  • Conceptual framework and methodological guidelines for the analysis and evaluation of ecosystem services
  • Demonstration of extensive application possibilities of the ecosystem services approach in German cultural landscapes

Nature provides us with many services seemingly for free: recharged groundwater, fertile soil and plant biomass created by photosynthesis. We human beings draw extensive benefits from these “ecosystem services,” or ES – food, water supply, recreation and protection from natural hazards. Major international studies, such as the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, have addressed the enormous role of biodiversity and ecosystems to human well-being, and they draw particular attention to the consequences resulting from the reduction or loss of these services. These very topical issues are being addressed by authors/scientists in a wide variety of disciplines – and their approaches, terminologies and methodological specifics are just as diverse. What, for example, does the efficacy of nature or natural capital mean? Which values of nature are particularly important, how are they distributed in space and time and how can they be assessed and the relevant knowledge promoted? Can all ecosystem services be quantified and even monetarized? What should be done to ensure that the multiple services of nature will be available also in future? This book explains the multifaceted concept of ecosystem services, provides a methodological framework for its analysis and assessment, and discusses case examples, particularly from Germany. It is addressed to scientists and practitioners in the administrative, volunteer and professional spheres, especially those who deal with environment, landscape management and nature conservation and regional and land-use planning. The target group includes experts from the business community, politicians and decision makers, students and all those interested in fundamental ecological, economic, ethical and environmental issues.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Biodiversity - cost-utility-analyses - economic values - ecosystem assessment - ecosystem potentials - environmental policy - landscape functions - nature capital - nature conservation

Related subjects » Environmental Management - Environmental Sciences - Monitoring & Environmental Analysis

Table of contents 

Ecosystem Services (ES): More than Just a Vogue Term?.- Development and Fundamentals of the ES-Approach.- Conceptual Framework.- Ascertainment and Assessment of ES.- Governing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Provision.- Land Use, Maintenance and Protection to Ensure ES.- Recommendations and Outlook.- References.- Index.

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