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Routledge Handbook of Ecosystem Services

Edited by: Marion Potschin , Roy Haines-Young , Robert Fish , R. Kerry Turner

Print publication date:  January  2016
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138025080
eBook ISBN: 9781315775302
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The idea that nature provides services to people is one of the most powerful concepts to have emerged over the last two decades. It is shaping our understanding of the role that biodiverse ecosystems play in the environment and their benefits for humankind. As a result, there is a growing interest in operational and methodological issues surrounding ecosystem services amongst environmental managers, and many institutions are now developing teaching programmes to equip the next generation with the skills needed to apply the concepts more effectively. 

This handbook provides a comprehensive reference text on ecosystem services, integrating natural and social science (including economics). Collectively the chapters, written by the world's leading authorities, demonstrate the importance of biodiversity for people, policy and practice. They also show how the value of ecosystems to society can be expressed in monetary and non-monetary terms, so that the environment can be better taken into account in decision making. The significance of the ecosystem service paradigm is that it helps us redefine and better communicate the relationships between people and nature. It is shown how these are essential to resolving challenges such as sustainable development and poverty reduction, and the creation of a green economy in developing and developed world contexts.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Ecosystem Services in the Twenty-First Century Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Ecosystem Services in Theory and Practice Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Defining and Measuring Ecosystem Services Download PDF
Chapter  4:  The Links Between Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Ecosystem Structures and Processes Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The Beneficiary Perspective Download PDF
Chapter  7:  A Social-Ecological Perspective On Ecosystem Services Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Concepts and Methods in Ecosystem Services Valuation Download PDF
Chapter  9:  A Critical Perspective Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Economics and Ecosystem Services Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Frameworks for Ecosystem Assessments Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Modelling Ecosystem Services Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Indicators for Ecosystem Services Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Using Futures-Thinking to Support Ecosystem Assessments Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Mapping Ecosystem Services Download PDF
Chapter  16:  A Practical Approach to Mapping of Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services Using Remote Sensing Download PDF
Chapter  17:  An Introduction to Ecosystem Accounting Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Accounting for Ecosystem Services in Business Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Valuing Preferences for Ecosystem-Related Goods and Services Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Ecological Economics and Ecosystem Services Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Stakeholder Participation in Ecosystem Service Decision-Making Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Deliberative and Non-Monetary Valuation Download PDF
Chapter  23:  The ‘Balance Sheet’ Approach Within Adaptive Management for Ecosystem Services Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Securing Nature and People Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Ecosystems Services Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Managing Regulating Services for Sustainability Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Managing Cultural Ecosystem Services for Sustainability Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Towards Effective Ecosystem Services Assessment in Marine and Coastal Management Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Freshwater Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Forest-Related Ecosystem Services Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Drylands Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Ecosystem Services Supplied by Mediterranean Basin Ecosystems Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Ecosystem Services Provided by Soil Life Download PDF
Chapter  34:  The Importance of Grasslands in Providing Ecosystem Services Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Cultivated Lands Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Ecosystem Services Provided by Urban Green Infrastructure Download PDF
Chapter  37:  A Policy Perspective on Mainstreaming Ecosystem Services Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Ecosystem Services and Climate Change Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Can Ecosystem Services Contribute to Food Security? Download PDF
Chapter  40:  Ecosystem Services and Water Security Download PDF
Chapter  41:  What are the Links between Poverty and Ecosystem Services? Download PDF
Chapter  42:  Ecosystem Services and Health Download PDF
Chapter  43:  Ecosystem Services and the Greening of Business Download PDF
Chapter  44:  Payments for Ecosystem Services Download PDF
Chapter  45:  Maximizing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Benefits in Conservation Decision-Making Download PDF
Chapter  46:  Bridging the Gap between Ecosystem Services and Landscape Planning Download PDF
Chapter  47:  Spatial and Landscape Planning Download PDF
Chapter  48:  An Institutional Perspective Download PDF
Chapter  49:  The Use of Ecosystem Services Knowledge in Policy-Making Download PDF
Chapter  50:  On the Changing Relationship between Ecosystem Services Continuance and Sustainability Download PDF
Chapter  51:  Ecosystem Services Download PDF
Chapter  52:  Ecosystem Services Download PDF
Part_4 Download PDF
Part_2 Download PDF
Part_3 Download PDF
Part_1 Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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