Completing and using ecosystem service assessment for decision-making: En4-295/2016E-PDF

an interdisciplinary toolkit for managers and analysts /

"Ecosystem services (ES), sometimes referred to as “nature’s benefits,” draw attention to the ways that people depend on a healthy environment. ES support life (e.g., by providing air, water, food, raw materials, medicines), security (e.g., by mitigating extreme weather events, spread of vector-borne diseases), and quality of life (e.g., by supporting mental and physical health, cultural identity, recreation), among many other things. Increasing human populations and increasing urbanization are intensifying demands on ecosystems, placing ES at greater risk. Due to the complex and interrelated nature of ES, a more comprehensive approach is needed to address situations where decisions involving or impinging on ecosystems would leave human well-being diminished through ES loss. “Ecosystem service assessment” is an approach that has been developed to meet this need, and governments around the world are increasingly considering ES assessment and its associated analyses to inform their policies, decisions, and management practices. ES assessment requires consideration of ecosystem functions, how those functions generate the services to produce benefits, and how those benefits are distributed to society. It is therefore a broadly interdisciplinary, technical activity, requiring an interdisciplinary expert team to complete. This approach identifies the consequences of environmental change and how environmental management decisions can enhance, diminish or maintain the flow of ES benefits. The intent of ES assessment is to provide comprehensive information regarding the costs and benefits to assist in environmental management decisions”--Executive summary, p. 2.

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Title Completing and using ecosystem service assessment for decision-making
Subtitle an interdisciplinary toolkit for managers and analysts /
Publication Type Monograph
Language [English]
Other Language Editions [French]
Format Electronic
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Note Issued also in French under title: Réalisation et utilisation d’une évaluation des services écosystémiques aux fins de prises de décisions : boîte à outils interdisciplinaire à l’intention des gestionnaires et des analystes.
Date c2017.
Number of Pages 276 p. :
ISBN 978-0-660-07074-2
Catalogue Number
  • En4-295/2016E-PDF
Subject Terms Environmental impact assessment, Environmental management, Methodology