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Valuing Ecosystem Services

Methodological Issues and Case Studies Edited by K.N. Ninan, Chairperson, Centre for Economics, Environment and Society, Bangalore, India and Co-Chair, Panel on Methodological Assessment of Scenarios and Models of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, United Nations, Bonn, Germany
Conserving biodiversity and ecosystem services is critical to promoting human welfare and sustainable development. Ecosystem services valuation has therefore recently assumed prominence in research and policy circles. In this illuminating volume, leading experts from around the world discuss the key methodological issues and challenges in valuing ecosystem services. Covering a cross-section of ecosystems and services in different sites, countries and regions, the collection also usefully presents case studies that value ecosystem services and experiences with operationalising valuation into policy.
Extent: 464 pp
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Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 978 1 78195 515 4
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  • Environment
  • Ecological Economics
Conserving biodiversity and ecosystem services is critical to promoting human welfare and sustainable development. Valuing Ecosystem Services: Methodological Issues And Case Studies presents the latest research on valuing ecosystem services and case studies by leading experts from around the world.

This thought provoking book draws together prominent international authorities to discuss the key methodological issues and challenges in valuing ecosystem services. Covering a cross-section of ecosystems and services in different sites, countries and regions, and presenting state of the art surveys of studies on valuation of forest and coastal ecosystems and pollination services, the collection presents essential case studies that value ecosystem services and experiences with operationalising valuation into policy.

Providing a unique blueprint for moving the science and practice of ecosystem services valuation forward, this timely book will be of special interest to academics, policy makers and professionals working in ecological economics, natural resources, forestry and conservation.
‘This book is a compendium of some of the latest work on valuing ecosystem services, including a range of case studies. These studies begin to address some of the many limitations and caveats clearly noted in the 1997 Nature paper. It will be a valuable resource for anyone interested in this topic and for moving the science and practice of ecosystem services forward.’
– Robert Costanza, The Australian National University, Australia
Contributors: G. Atkinson, I.J. Bateman, D.M. Bauer, P. van Beukering, L. Brander, N.D Burgess, F. Casey, H. Chang, D. Cooley, R. Costanza, V. Dujon, D. Ervin, C. Fezzi, A. Ghermandi, D. Gordon, E. Granek, G. Guannel, D. Immerzeel, M. Inoue, A. Jenkins, R. Jindal, J. Kerr, A.Kontoleon, R. Kramer, T. Kroeger, A. Lesser, J. Loomis, G.M. Mace, E.Y. Mohammed, S. Morse-Jones, B.C. Murray, K.N. Ninan, P.A.L.D. Nunes, L. Pendleton, L. Richardson, V. Shandas, R.D. Simpson, P.C. Sutton, C. Tisdell, R. K. Turner, T. Vegh, J.A. Yeakley, K. Yoshida



Contents:

1. Introduction

PART I: METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES AND CHALLENGES
2. Economic Analysis for Ecosystem Service Assessments
Ian Bateman, Georgina M. Mace, Carlo Fezzi, Giles Atkinson, R. Kerry Turner

3. Valuing Ecosystem Services Using Benefit Transfer: Separating Credible and Incredible Approaches
John Loomis, Leslie Richardson, Timm Kroeger, Frank Casey

4. Contingent Valuation Responses and Hypothetical Bias
Essam Yassin Mohammed

5. Stated Preferences for Tropical Wildlife Conservation among Distant Beneficiaries: Charisma, Endemism, Scope and Substitution Effects
Sian Morse-Jones, Ian J. Bateman, Andreas Kontoleon, Silvia Ferrini, Neil Burgess, R. Kerry Turner

6. Space Matters: Exploring Problematic Spatial Issues in the Valuation of Ecosystem Services
Paul C. Sutton

7. Valuing Pollination Services: A Comparison of Approaches
Dana Marie Bauer

8. Limited Local Values and Uncertain Global Risks in Ecosystem Service Conservation: An Example from Pollinating Services
R. David Simpson

PART II CASE STUDIES: VALUATION
9. Valuing Forest Ecosystem Services – What we know and what we don’t
K.N. Ninan, Makoto Inoue

10. Conserving Forest Wildlife and Other Ecosystem Services: Opportunity Costs and the Valuation of Alternative Logging Regimes
Clem Tisdell

11. Valuing Forest Ecosystem Services – Case Study of a Forest Reserve in Japan
K.N. Ninan, Makoto Inoue

12. Value after the Volcano: Economic Valuation of Montserrat’s Centre Hills
Pieter van Beukering, Luke Brander and Desirée Immerzeel

13. The Economic Value of Ecosystem Services from Agricultural and Rural Landscapes in Japan
Kentaro Yoshida

14. Characterizing Urban Ecosystem Services: Integrating the Biophysical and Social Dimensions of Human Dominated Landscapes
Vivek Shandas, J. Alan Yeakley, Elise Granek, David Ervin, Veronica Dujon, Heejun Chang

15. The Benefits of Coastal Recreation of Europe’s Seas: An Application of Meta-Analytical Value Transfer and GIS
Andrea Ghermandi, Paulo A.L.D. Nunes

16. Fishery Enhancement and Coastal Protection Services Provided by Two Restored Gulf of Mexico Oyster Reefs
Timm Kroeger, Greg Guannel

PART III CASE STUDIES: VALUATION AND POLICY
17. Harvesting the Financial Value of Coastal “Blue” Carbon
Linwood Pendleton, Brian C. Murray, David Gordon, David Cooley, Tibor Verg

18. Exploring Demand for Tree Planting in a Payment for Environmental Services Project in Lake Victoria Basin, Kenya
Rohit Jindal, John Kerr

19. The Role of Ecosystem Service Payments in Achieving Conservation Goals – Attitudes Among Farm Operators
Randall Kramer, Aaron Jenkins, Adriane Lesser

Index