Does landscape-scale conservation management enhance the provision of ecosystem services?

Hodder, K. H., Newton, A., Cantarello, E. and Perrella, L., 2014. Does landscape-scale conservation management enhance the provision of ecosystem services? International Journal Of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services and Management, 10 (1), pp. 71-83.

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DOI: 10.1080/21513732.2014.883430

Abstract

Biodiversity conservation approaches are increasingly being implemented at the landscape-scale to support the maintenance of metapopulations and metacommunities. However, the impact of such interventions on the provision of ecosystem services is less well defined. Here we examine the potential impacts of landscape-scale conservation initiatives on ecosystem services, through analysis of five case study areas in England and Wales. The provision of multiple ecosystem services was projected according to current management plans and compared with a baseline scenario. Multicriteria analysis indicated that in most cases landscape-scale approaches lead to an overall increase in service provision. Consistent increases were projected in carbon storage, recreation and aesthetic value, as well as biodiversity value. However, most study areas provided evidence of trade-offs, particularly between provisioning services and other types of service. Results differed markedly between study areas, highlighting the importance of local context. These results suggest that landscape-scale conservation approaches are likely to be effective in increasing ecosystem service provision, but also indicate that associated costs can be significant, particularly in lowland areas.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:2151-3732
Uncontrolled Keywords:landscape-scale; biodiversity conservation; counterfactual scenario; ecosystem service mapping; restoration
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Science and Technology
ID Code:21265
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:09 Jun 2014 11:03
Last Modified:10 Sep 2014 14:57

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