Frameworks for Ecosystem Assessments

Authored by: Marion Potschin , Roy Haines-Young

Routledge Handbook of Ecosystem Services

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

Print ISBN: 9781138025080
eBook ISBN: 9781315775302
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A framework is a way of organising our thinking or working practice. In the context of ecosystem assessment, such frameworks are particularly important because the field brings together researchers, resource managers and decision-makers, each with their own skills and backgrounds, and as they embark on a common task it is essential to develop a shared perspective of how things should be approached and what outcomes are required. As Munns et al. (2015) have observed, a major barrier to successful transdisciplinary projects is the misunderstandings and inconsistencies that arise when different disciplines come together. Whether some kind of ‘standard lexicon’ can be constructed – or is ultimately really necessary – remains to be seen. In this chapter we therefore review these issues, and consider some of the different frameworks for ecosystem assessments that have been discussed in the literature and what has been achieved with them.

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