275 pages, 8 plates with colour photos and colour illustrations; 56 b/w photos and b/w illustrations, 10 tables
Despite the growing popularity of the concept of ecosystem services, policy makers and practitioners continue to struggle with the challenge of translating it into practice. Drawing on a range of interdisciplinary perspectives, Ecosystem Services: From Concept to Practice takes up the challenge to provide a framework for the effective implementation of simple concepts into complex ecosystem-related decision-making. Addressing the measurement, valuation and governance of ecosystem services, Ecosystem Services: From Concept to Practice is specifically designed to guide students and policy-makers from definitions and measurements to applications in terms of policy instruments and governance arrangements. Each chapter discusses key methodological approaches, illustrating their applications at various scales by drawing on case studies from around the world. Presenting a range of perspectives from across many fields, this text ultimately considers the crucial question of how ecosystem service delivery can be safeguarded for generations to come.
"This excellent collection of essays had been carefully crafted to introduce the reader to all aspects of an ecosystem services approach to decision making; from natural science, through the social sciences and on to governance. Each chapter is highly accessible while the whole builds to provide a coherent introduction to the range of necessary issues yielding a collection which will be of great value to the student, teacher and practitioner."
– Ian Bateman, University of East Anglia
"In the intersection of public economics and ecology there is a crying need for good guidance and a robust analytical framework for the effective implementation of simple concepts into complex ecosystem-related decision-making. This book fills that need admirably, and will help implement solutions – ethically sound, ecologically necessary and economically informed solutions – the need for which grows more urgent by the day."
– Pavan Sukhdev, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Geneva
List of contributors
Part I. Introduction:
1. Ecosystem services: from concept to practice Jetske Bouma and Pieter van Beukering
Part II. Measuring Ecosystem Services:
2. The role of biodiversity in the provision of ecosystem services Jan E. Vermaat, Jacintha Ellers and Matthew Helmus
3. A traits-based approach to quantifying ecosystem services Peter van Bodegom and Timothy Price
4. Mapping ecosystem services Willem Verhagen, Peter H. Verburg, Nynke Schulp and Julia Stürck
Part III. Valuing Ecosystem Services:
5. Economic values of ecosystem services Pieter J. H. van Beukering, Roy Brouwer and Mark J. Koetse
6. Economic valuation techniques for ecosystem services Mark J. Koetse, Roy Brouwer and Pieter J. H. van Beukering
7. Trade-offs and decision support tools for managing ecosystem services Luke Brander and Pieter J. H. van Beukering
Part IV. Paying for Ecosystem Services:
8. Market-based instruments for ecosystem services Frans Oosterhuis and Elissaios Papyrakis
9. Payments for ecosystem services Erik Ansink and Jetske Bouma
Part V. Governing Ecosystem Services:
10. Global governance of ecosystem services and related policy instruments Joyeeta Gupta
11. Public-private partnerships and the governance of ecosystem services Aysem Mert and Phillipp Pattberg
12. Local governance of ecosystems and community co-management Jetske Bouma
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Jetske A. Bouma is Senior Environmental Economist at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), VU University Amsterdam, and Senior Policy Researcher at the Dutch Environmental Assessment Agency. Her research focusses on the design and evaluation of policy instruments and analysis of the conditions for collective action and self-enforcement. She teaches graduate courses on the governance of ecosystem services and advises policy-makers on the use of policy instruments and decision-making tools.
Pieter J. H. van Beukering is an Associate Professor in the field of environmental economics at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), VU University Amsterdam. Most of his research work takes place in Asia, the Caribbean, the Pacific and Africa, with a strong focus on natural resource management, economic valuation and poverty alleviation. He teaches graduate courses focussing on the valuation of ecosystem services and environmental economics.
- Jetske Bouma
- Pieter van Beukering
- Jan E. Vermaat
- Jacintha Ellers
- Matthew Helmus
- Peter van Bodegom
- Timothy Price
- Willem Verhagen
- Peter H. Verburg
- Nynke Schulp
- Julia Stürck
- Roy Brouwer
- Mark J. Koetse
- Luke Brander
- Frans Oosterhuis
- Elissaios Papyrakis
- Erik Ansink
- Joyeeta Gupta
- Aysem Mert
- Phillipp Pattberg