Ecosystem Services – Concept, Methods and Case Studies

Editors: Grunewald, Karsten, Bastian, Olaf (Eds.)

  • 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
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About this book

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 monetarised? 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.

About the authors

Karsten Grunewald and Olaf Bastian have for many years been investigating the complex interactions between nature and society in central Europe, from a perspective of environmentally referenced landscape research and have developed theoretical fundamentals and practical approaches for the complex analysis and evaluation of landscape functions and ecosystem services. For this book, they have been able to recruit renowned authors from the areas of landscape ecology/landscape planning, economics and social sciences, who have provided a competent integrative and holistic perspective on the possibilities of the evaluation of nature with regard to human well-being.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Ecosystem Services (ES): More Than Just a Vogue Term?

    Grunewald, K. (et al.)

    Pages 1-11

  • Development and Fundamentals of the ES Approach

    Grunewald, K. (et al.)

    Pages 13-34

  • Conceptual Framework

    Bastian, O. (et al.)

    Pages 35-73

  • Ascertainment and Assessment of ES

    Burkhard, Benjamin (et al.)

    Pages 75-143

  • Governing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Provision

    Ring, I. (et al.)

    Pages 145-184

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ecosystem Services – Concept, Methods and Case Studies
Editors
  • Karsten Grunewald
  • Olaf Bastian
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-662-44143-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-662-44143-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-662-44142-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-51577-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 312
Number of Illustrations and Tables
53 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour
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