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Handbook on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Impact Assessment

Edited by Davide Geneletti, Associate Professor, University of Trento, Italy
This Handbook presents state-of-the-art methodological guidance and discussion of international practice related to the integration of biodiversity and ecosystem services in impact assessment, featuring contributions from leading researchers and practitioners the world over. Its multidisciplinary approach covers contributions across five continents to broaden the scope of the field both thematically and geographically.
Extent: 528 pp
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Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 78347 898 9
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environment
  • Environmental Economics
  • Management Natural Resources
This Handbook presents state-of-the-art methodological guidance and discussion of international practice related to the integration of biodiversity and ecosystem services in impact assessment, featuring contributions from leading researchers and practitioners the world over. Its multidisciplinary approach covers contributions across five continents to broaden the scope of the field both thematically and geographically.

A multifaceted variety of case studies provide examples of the use of information on biodiversity and ecosystem services in different types of impact assessment to improve decisions at all levels, from strategic choices to individual projects. In addition to its discussion of how biodiversity and ecosystem services can improve the salience and effectiveness of impact assessment, this Handbook presents a range of applications and possible solutions to challenges in key policy and planning sectors, including urban development, land use, energy, marine areas, infrastructure, agriculture, forestry, health and tourism.

This Handbook’s combination of cutting-edge literature and methodological guidance supports researchers, practitioners and students in developing and implementing biodiversity and ecosystem services-inclusive impact assessment processes, which can contribute to better decisions about the use of our lands and waters. As such, it will appeal not only to scholars of impact assessment but of environmental sciences, environmental engineering, natural sciences, planning and economics as well.

‘This volume integrates across disciplinary, sectoral and national perspectives to illuminate the cutting edge of contemporary assessment theory and practice. Particular strengths include its focus on how changes in ecosystem services affect human well-being, its elaboration of methods for spatially explicit assessment, its insights on cumulative effects, its inclusive approach to evaluation metrics, and its insistence on the importance of stakeholder involvement in assessment processes. This wonderfully accessible volume will surely become an indispensable desk reference for all seeking to improve the management of biodiversity, ecosystem services, and sustainable development.’
– William C. Clark, Harvard University, US
Contributors: C. Albert, A. Antón, M. Ashley, J. Azcarate, B. Balfors, S. Brownlie, L. Bulling, C. Cortinovis, R.T.T. Forman, S. Frank, C. Fürst, D. Geneletti, J. Goldstein, T. Hooper, P. Horwitz, M. Hughes, P. Itkonen, M. Jimenez, M. Karlson, L. Karrasch, C.M. Kennedy, J.M. Kiesecker, J. Köppel, L. Kopperoinen, O. Langmead, D. Maia de Souza, L. Mandle, L. Milà i Canals, U. Mörtberg, D. Newsome, S. Odelius Gordon, M.W. Parkes, F. Pietzsch, K. Pietzsch, A. Rajvanshi, D. Roe, D.A. Rozas Vásquez, M. Ruckelshaus, H. Tallis, L. Tardieu, F. Teillard, J. Treweek, J. Wu, L. Zardo
Contents:

Chapter 1. Introduction
Davide Geneletti

PART 1 MAINSTREAMING BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES IN IMPACT ASSESSMENT TYPES
2. Spatial Ecosystem Service Analysis for Environmental Impact Assessment of Projects
Lisa Mandle and Heather Tallis

3. Ecosystem Services Analysis for Strategic Environmental Assessment: Concepts and Examples
Davide Geneletti

4. Scoping Health Impact Assessment: Ecosystem Services as a Framing Device
Pierre Horwitz and Margot W. Parkes

5. Matching an Ecosystem Services Approach with Social Impact Assessment
Leena Karrasch

6. Economic Evaluation of the Impacts of Transportation Infrastructures on Ecosystem Services
Léa Tardieu

7. Addressing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Life Cycle Assessment
Assumpció Antón, Danielle Maia de Souza, Félix Teillard and Llorenç Milà i Canals

PART II APPLICATIONS IN DIFFERENT SECTORS
8. Impacts of Urban Development on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
Berit Balfors, Juan Azcarate, Ulla Mörtberg, Mårten Karlson and Sara Odelius Gordon

9. Impacts of Agricultural and Forest Management on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
Christine Fürst, Susanne Frank, Marcos Jimenez, Daniel Alejandro Rozas Vásquez, Katrin Pietzsch and Frank Pietzsch

10. Applications of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Impact Assessment in Spatial Planning
Leena Kopperoinen, Christian Albert and Pekka Itkonen

11. Ecosystem Services in Marine Environmental Impact Assessment: Tools to Support Marine Planning at Project and Strategic Scales
Tara Hooper, Olivia Langmead and Matthew Ashley

12. Understanding the Impacts of Ecotourism on Biodiversity: A Multi-Scale, Cumulative Issue Influenced by Perceptions and Politics
David Newsome and Mike Hughes

13. Exploring the Tradeoffs Between Wind Energy and Biodiversity Conservation
Lea Bulling and Johann Köppel

14. Cumulative Effects of Dams on Biodiversity
Asha Rajvanshi

PART III CURRENT ISSUES AND CHALLENGES
15 Addressing the Interactions Between Biodiversity Conservation and Poverty Alleviation in Impact Assessment
Dilys Roe and Davide Geneletti

16. Biodiversity Offsets for ‘No Net Loss’ Through Impact Assessment
Susie Brownlie and Jo Treweek

17. Mitigation for the People: An Ecosystem Services Framework
Heather Tallis, Christina M. Kennedy, Mary Ruckelshaus, Joshua Goldstein and Joseph M. Kiesecker

18. Promoting Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Adaptation in Cities Through Impact Assessment
Davide Geneletti, Linda Zardo and Chiara Cortinovis

19. Where are the Best Places for the Next Billion People? Think Globally, Plan Regionally
Richard T.T. Forman and Jianguo (Jingle) Wu

CONCLUSIONS
20. Strengthening Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Impact Assessment for Better Decisions
Davide Geneletti

Index