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Mapping and Valuing Ecosystem Services as an Approach for Conservation and Natural‐Resource Management

Mapping and Valuing Ecosystem Services as an Approach for Conservation and Natural‐Resource... Current approaches to conservation and natural‐resource management often focus on single objectives, resulting in many unintended consequences. These outcomes often affect society through unaccounted‐for ecosystem services. A major challenge in moving to a more ecosystem‐based approach to management that would avoid such societal damages is the creation of practical tools that bring a scientifically sound, production function‐based approach to natural‐resource decision making. A new set of computer‐based models is presented, the Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs tool (InVEST) that has been designed to inform such decisions. Several of the key features of these models are discussed, including the ability to visualize relationships among multiple ecosystem services and biodiversity, the ability to focus on ecosystem services rather than biophysical processes, the ability to project service levels and values in space, sensitivity to manager‐designed scenarios, and flexibility to deal with data and knowledge limitations. Sample outputs of InVEST are shown for two case applications; the Willamette Basin in Oregon and the Amazon Basin. Future challenges relating to the incorporation of social data, the projection of social distributional effects, and the design of effective policy mechanisms are discussed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences Wiley

Mapping and Valuing Ecosystem Services as an Approach for Conservation and Natural‐Resource Management

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2009 Wiley Subscription Services
ISSN
0077-8923
eISSN
1749-6632
DOI
10.1111/j.1749-6632.2009.04152.x
pmid
19432652
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Abstract

Current approaches to conservation and natural‐resource management often focus on single objectives, resulting in many unintended consequences. These outcomes often affect society through unaccounted‐for ecosystem services. A major challenge in moving to a more ecosystem‐based approach to management that would avoid such societal damages is the creation of practical tools that bring a scientifically sound, production function‐based approach to natural‐resource decision making. A new set of computer‐based models is presented, the Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs tool (InVEST) that has been designed to inform such decisions. Several of the key features of these models are discussed, including the ability to visualize relationships among multiple ecosystem services and biodiversity, the ability to focus on ecosystem services rather than biophysical processes, the ability to project service levels and values in space, sensitivity to manager‐designed scenarios, and flexibility to deal with data and knowledge limitations. Sample outputs of InVEST are shown for two case applications; the Willamette Basin in Oregon and the Amazon Basin. Future challenges relating to the incorporation of social data, the projection of social distributional effects, and the design of effective policy mechanisms are discussed.

Journal

Annals of the New York Academy of SciencesWiley

Published: Jan 1, 2009

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