Ecosystem services and sustainability assessment: theory and practice

Geneletti, Davide, Bond, Alan, Russel, Duncan, Turnpenny, John, Sheate, William and Jordan, Andy (2015) Ecosystem services and sustainability assessment: theory and practice. In: Handbook of Sustainability Assessment. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp. 215-234. ISBN 9781783471362

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Abstract

Ecosystem services are the benefits human populations derive from ecosystems. Understandings of ecosystem services, stemming largely from the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA), tend to differentiate between different ecosystem service types, namely (MA, 2003): _ Supporting services necessary for the production of all other ecosystem services, like soil formation, nutrient cycling and primary production. _ Regulating services which deliver benefits ranging across climate regulation (e.g. regulation of flood water), disease regulation, water purification, and so on. _ Provisioning services delivering the direct goods people acquire from ecosystems including food, fuel and water. Provisioning services are highly interdependent and are strongly underpinned by supporting and regulating services. _ Cultural services, which are non-material benefits obtained from ecosystems and include things like cultural heritage, sense of place, parks, rivers and lakes, the seashore and the wider countryside. Amongst other things, they provide opportunities for outdoor learning and recreation, with benefits in terms of health and broader spiritual well-being.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: business and management,management and sustainability,environment,environmental management,environmental sociology
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2015 15:10
Last Modified: 24 May 2019 12:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/54530
DOI: 10.4337/9781783471379.00018

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