Ecosystem service indicators: data sources and conceptual frameworks for sustainable management

Dick, Jan; Smith, Ron; Banin, Lindsay; Reis, Stefan. 2014 Ecosystem service indicators: data sources and conceptual frameworks for sustainable management. Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, 5 (3). 346-375.

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to review, from a sustainable management perspective, a range of conceptual frameworks; determine the efficacy and utility of three different data sources in generating indicators collectively; and consider the utility of a single index of total ecosystem services (TESI). The ecosystem service (ES) concept has been discussed as an important model to aid sustainable land-use management. Design/methodology/approach – The historical development and the relative merits of sustainable management frameworks which can be implemented in a decision-making context were examined. The efficacy of a single index TESI was examined considering three data sources for 11 contrasting sites within the UK. Findings – The choice of conceptual framework and data source depends on the specific question and scale being addressed. Publicly available data through the Eurostat route is primarily limited to the assessment of the provisioning services. Research limitations/implications – Limitation of the study is that both bottom-up and top-down sourcing of data to conduct an ES assessment were considered. Practical implications – The scale of enquiry when conducting ES assessment to aid sustainable management dictate the most useful data source. If conducting local assessments that give local data is more appropriate while conducting European Union (EU)-wide assessment gives less local precision, it does provide some insight when conducting larger-scale regional assessment which cannot otherwise be achieved. Originality/value – The various data set analysed in this study all provided insight for sustainable management.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Dise
ISSN: 2040-8021
Additional Keywords: conceptual framework, Europe, policy, decision-making, ecosystem service index, Environmental Change Network, Eurostat, sustainable management
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
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Date made live: 14 Feb 2017 11:27 +0 (UTC)

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