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Routledge Handbook of Ecosystem Services

By: Marion Potschin(Editor), Roy Haines-Young(Editor), Robert Fish(Editor), R Kerry Turner(Editor), Robert Watson(Foreword By)
629 pages, 126 b/w photos and b/w illustrations, 34 tables
Publisher: Routledge
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The idea that nature provides services to people is one of the most powerful concepts to have emerged over the last two decades. It is shaping our understanding of the role that biodiverse ecosystems play in the environment and their benefits for humankind. As a result, there is a growing interest in operational and methodological issues surrounding ecosystem services amongst environmental managers, and many institutions are now developing teaching programmes to equip the next generation with the skills needed to apply the concepts more effectively.

Routledge Handbook of Ecosystem Services provides a comprehensive reference text on ecosystem services, integrating natural and social science (including economics). Collectively the chapters, written by the world's leading authorities, demonstrate the importance of biodiversity for people, policy and practice. They also show how the value of ecosystems to society can be expressed in monetary and non-monetary terms, so that the environment can be better taken into account in decision making. The significance of the ecosystem service paradigm is that it helps us redefine and better communicate the relationships between people and nature. It is shown how these are essential to resolving challenges such as sustainable development and poverty reduction, and the creation of a green economy in developing and developed world contexts.


      Robert Watson
1. Ecosystem Services in the Twenty-first Century
      Marion Potschin, Roy Haines-Young, Robert Fish and R. Kerry Turner

Part 1: Ecosystem Services Concepts and Frameworks – Introduction
2. Ecosystem Services in Theory and Practice
      Robert Costanza
3. Defining and Measuring Ecosystem Services
      Marion Potschin and Roy Haines-Young
Briefing Note 3.1: Ecosystem Functions: A Critical Perspective
      Kurt Jax
4. The Links between Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
      Patricia Balvanera, Sandra Quijas, Berta Martín-López, Edmundo Barrios, Laura Dee, Forest Isbell, Isabelle Durance, Piran White, Ryan Blanchard and Rudolf de Groot
Briefing Note 4.1: Service Providing Units
      Gary Luck
5. Ecosystem Structures and Processes: Characterising Natural Capital Stocks and Flows
      Dave Raffaelli
6. The Beneficiary Perspective: Benefits and Beyond
      Dixon H. Landers, Amanda M. Nahlik and Charles R. Rhodes
7. A Social-Ecological Perspective on Ecosystem Services
      Lasse Loft, Alexandra Lux and Thomas Jahn
Briefing Note 7.1: Transdisciplinarity
      Jennifer Hauck
Briefing Note 7.2: Drivers of Change for Ecosystem Services
      Mark Rounsevell and Paula A. Harrison
8. Concepts and Methods in Ecosystem Services Valuation
      Erik Gómez-Baggethun, David N. Barton, Pam Berry, Robert Dunford and Paula A. Harrison
9. A Critical Perspective
      Mark Sagoff
10. Economics and Ecosystem Services: a Positive Contribution to Environmental Management
      R. Kerry Turner

Part 2: Ecosystem Services:Methods, Techniques for Decision Support – Introduction
11. Frameworks for Ecosystem Assessments
      Marion Potschin and Roy Haines-Young
Briefing Note 11.1: Place-based Assessment of Small Islands' Ecosystem Services
      Mario V. Balzan, Marion Potschin and Roy Haines-Young
12. Modelling Ecosystem Services
      Felix Kienast and Julian Helfenstein
13. Indicators for Ecosystem Services
      Felix Müller, Benjamin Burkhard, Ying Hou, Marion Kruse, Liwei Ma and Peter Wangai
14. Using Futures-thinking to Support Ecosystem Assessments
      Steven Cork
15. Mapping Ecosystem Services
      Joachim Maes, Neville D. Crossman and Benjamin Burkhard
16. A Practical Approach to Mapping of Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services using Remote Sensing
      Camino Liquete, Eva Haas, Torsten Bondo, Christina Hirzinger, Melanie Schnelle, Dominik Reisinger, David Lyon, John Finisdore and Michael Ledwith
Briefing Note 16.1: Remote Sensing
      Giles M. Foody
17. An Introduction to Ecosystem Accounting
      Lars Hein, Bram Edens, Carl Obst, Roy Remme, Matthias Schröter and Elham Sumarga
18. Accounting for Ecosystem Services in Business
      Joel R.A. Houdet, John Finisdore, Julia Martin-Ortega, Helen Ding, John Maleganos, James Spurgeon, Tobias Hartmann, and David Steuerman
19. Valuing Preferences for Ecsoystem-related Goods and Services
      Tomas Badura, Ian Bateman, Matthew Agarwala and Amy Binner
20. Ecological Economics and Ecosystem Services
      R. Kerry Turner
21. Stakeholder Participation in Ecosystem Service Decision-making
      Robert Fish, Eirini Saratsi, Mark Reed and Hans Keune
22. Deliberative and Non-monetary Valuation
      Jasper O. Kenter
23. The ‘Balance Sheet’ Approach within Adaptive Management for Ecosystem Services
      R. Kerry Turner
Briefing Note 23.1: Ecosystem Services and Justice
      Thomas Sikor, Adrian Martin, Janet Fisher and Jun He
Briefing Note 23.2: Ecosystem Services and Ethics
      Kurt Jax
24. Securing Nature and People: Can We Replicate and Scale Success?
      Gretchen C. Daily

Part 3: Ecosystem Services in an Applied Context – Introduction
25. Ecosystem Services: Provisioning
      Gillian Galford and Taylor Ricketts
26. Managing Regulating Services for Sustainability
      Christine Fürst, Susanne Frank and Justice Nana Inkoom
27. Managing Cultural Ecosystem Services for Sustainability
      Kai M.A. Chan and Terre Satterfield
Briefing Note 27.1: Ecosystem Services and Spirituality
      Nigel Cooper
28. Towards Effective Ecosystem Services Assessment in Marine Coastal Management
      Mahé Charles, Rémi Mongruel, Nicola Beaumont, Tara Hooper, Harold Levrel, Eric Thiébaut and Linwood Pendleton
29. Freshwater
      Kate A. Brauman
30. Forest-related Ecosystem Services
      Sandra Luque and Louis Iverson
31. Drylands
      Lindsay C. Stringer and Andrew J. Dougill
32. Ecosystem Services Supplied by the Mediterranean Basin Ecosystems
      Berta Martín-López, Elisa Oteros-Rozas, Emmanuelle Cohen-Shacham, Fernando Santos-Martín, Marta Nieto-Romero, Claudia Carvalho-Santos, José A. González, Marina García-Llorente, Keren Klass, Ilse Geijzendorffer, Carlos Montes and Wolfgang Cramer
33. Ecosystem Services Provided by Soil Life
      Wim H. van der Putten and Diana H. Wall
34. The Importance of Grasslands in Providing Ecosystem Services: Opportunities for Poverty Alleviation
      Benis N. Egoh, Janne Bengtsson, Regina Lindborg, James M. Bullock, Adam P. Dixon and Mathieu Rouget
Briefing Note 34.1: Ecosystem Services and Grasslands in America
      Alan J. Franzluebbers and Jean L. Steiner
Briefing Note 34.2: Ecosystem Services and Grasslands in Australia
      Neil MacLeod and John McIvor
35. Cultivated Lands
      Tobias Plieninger, Christopher M. Raymond and Elisa Oteros-Rozas
36. Ecosystem Services Provided by Urban Green Infrastructure
      Thomas Elmqvist, Erik Gómez-Baggethun and Johannes Langemeyer
Briefing Note 36.1: Green Infrastructure and Ecosystem Services
      Susannah Gill

Part 4: Linking and Informing Agendas – Introduction
37. A Policy Perspective on Mainstreaming Ecosystem Services: Opportunities and Risks
      Patrick ten Brink and Marianne Kettunen
38. Ecosystem Services and Climate Change
      Bruno Locatelli
39. Can Ecosystem Services Contribute to Food Security?
      Alison G. Power
40. Ecosystem Services and Water Security
      Sarah Hendry and Geoffrey Gooch
41. What are the Links between Poverty and Ecosystem Services?
      Marije Schaafsma and Brendan Fisher
42. Ecosystem Services and Health
      Conor E. Kretsch
43. Ecosystem Services and the Greening of Business
      Guy Duke
44. Payments for Ecosystem Services
      Roy Brouwer
45. Maximising Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Benefits in Conservation Decision-making
      Hedley S. Grantham, Rosimeiry Portela, Mahbubul Alam, Daniel Juhn and Lawrence Connell
46. Bridging the Gap between Ecosystem Services and Landscape Planning
      Paul Opdam
47. Spatial and Landscape Planning: A Place for Ecosystem Services
      Christina von Haaren, Christian Albert and Carolin Galler
Briefing Note 47.1: Including Ecosystem Services in Impact Assessment: Challenges and Opportunities
      Davide Geneletti
48. An Institutional Perspective
      Eeva Primmer
49. The Use of Ecosystem Services Knowledge in Policy-making: Drawing Lessons and Adjusting Expectations
      Duncan Russel, Andrew Jordan and John Turnpenny

Part 5: Conclusion
50. On the Changing Relationship between Ecosystem Services Continuance and Sustainability
      Tim O’Riordon
51. Ecosystem Services: Where is the Discipline Heading?
      Georgina Mace
52. Ecosystem services: Never Waste the Opportunity Offered by a Good Crisis
      Robert Fish, Marion Potschin, R. Kerry Turner and Roy Haines-Young

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Marion Potschin is a Principal Research Fellow and Director of the Centre for Environmental Management at the University of Nottingham, UK. Roy Haines-Young is Emeritus Professor at the Centre for Environmental Management, School of Geography, University of Nottingham, UK. Robert Fish is Reader in Human Ecology in the School of Anthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent, UK. R. Kerry Turner is a Professorial Fellow in the School of Environmental Sciences and former Professor of Environmental Economics and Management at the University of East Anglia, UK.

By: Marion Potschin(Editor), Roy Haines-Young(Editor), Robert Fish(Editor), R Kerry Turner(Editor), Robert Watson(Foreword By)
629 pages, 126 b/w photos and b/w illustrations, 34 tables
Publisher: Routledge
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"[...] The clearly written and presented chapters make this book highly accessible to a wide range of readers from students to specialists. I am sure this book will become a key text in this field and that I'll return to it frequently as a point of reference for future work on ecosystem services."
– Rob Brooker, The BES Bulletin 47(3), October 2016

"This handbook, written by world class academic and policy experts, is long overdue, and provides a much-needed guide to address this challenge. It is an authoritative reference text written in easy to read sections that is essential reading for academics, decision-makers and civil society."
– from the Foreword by Sir Robert Watson, Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK

"Marion Potschin and her co-editors have succeeded to get an interesting combination of contributors to this book, including highly distinguished scientists from various disciplines to younger scholars who are presently carrying out seminal research in the field of ecosystem services and beyond."
– Professor Eeva Furman, SYKE, Finish Environment Institute and Coordinator of OpenNESS

"At 630 pages, it is a Handbook for people with big hands. It is a weighty tome too. This is not merely in terms of its mass (a fraction over 1.3 kg) but in the range and depth of topics pertaining to ecosystem services that are covered, and the globally renowned authors who have contributed. Following a foreword by Bob Watson and an opening chapter by Bob Costanza, the Handbook is broken into four major sections addressing ecosystem services from the perspectives of: concepts and frameworks; methods and techniques for decision support; applied contexts; and linking and informing agendas [...] Each of the chapters mines the now voluminous and growing literature around its selected topic. This alone is a valuable resource for students, scholars and those seeking to implement ecosystem services [...] students, researchers and those seeking to grasp and implement the emerging, integrative concept of ecosystem services will benefit from dipping into it as a reference book to glean current thinking, areas of debate and practical illustrations."
– Mark Everard, for the The Institution of Environmental Sciences (on-line Resources, June 2016)

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