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Ecosystem services of tropical dry forests : insights from longterm ecological and social research on the Pacific coast of Mexico

Maass, J Manuel, Balvanera, Patricia, Castillo, Alicia, Daily, Gretchen C., Mooney, Harold A., Ehrlich, Paul, Quesada, Mauricio, Miranda, Aalvaro, Jaramillo, Victor J., García-Oliva, Felipe, Martínez-Yrizar, Angelina, Cotler, Helena, López-Blanco, Jorge, Pérez-Jiménez, Alfredo, Búrquez, Alberto, Tinoco, Clara, Ceballos, Gerado, Barraza, Laura, Ayala, Ricardo and Sarukhán, José 2005, Ecosystem services of tropical dry forests : insights from longterm ecological and social research on the Pacific coast of Mexico, Ecology and society : a journal of integrative science for resilience and sustainability, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 1-23.

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Title Ecosystem services of tropical dry forests : insights from longterm ecological and social research on the Pacific coast of Mexico
Author(s) Maass, J Manuel
Balvanera, Patricia
Castillo, Alicia
Daily, Gretchen C.
Mooney, Harold A.
Ehrlich, Paul
Quesada, Mauricio
Miranda, Aalvaro
Jaramillo, Victor J.
García-Oliva, Felipe
Martínez-Yrizar, Angelina
Cotler, Helena
López-Blanco, Jorge
Pérez-Jiménez, Alfredo
Búrquez, Alberto
Tinoco, Clara
Ceballos, Gerado
Barraza, Laura
Ayala, Ricardo
Sarukhán, José
Journal name Ecology and society : a journal of integrative science for resilience and sustainability
Volume number 10
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 23
Total pages 23
Publisher Resilience Alliance Publications
Place of publication Waterloo, Ont.
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1708-3087
Summary In the search for an integrated understanding of the relationships among productive activities, human well-being, and ecosystem functioning, we evaluated the services delivered by a tropical dry forest (TDF) ecosystem in the Chamela Region, on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. We synthesized information gathered for the past two decades as part of a long-term ecosystem research study and included social data collected in the past four years using the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) conceptual framework as a guide. Here we identify the four nested spatial scales at which information has been obtained and emphasize one of them through a basin conceptual model. We then articulate the biophysical and socio-economic constraints and drivers determining the delivery of ecosystem services in the Region. We describe the nine most important services, the stakeholders who benefit from those services, and their degree of awareness of such services. We characterize spatial and temporal patterns of the services’ delivery as well as trade-offs among services and stakeholders. Finally, we contrast three alternative future scenarios on the delivery of ecosystem services and human well-being. Biophysical and socioeconomic features of the study site strongly influence human−ecosystem interactions, the ecosystem services delivered, the possible future trajectories of the ecosystem, and the effect on human well-being. We discuss future research approaches that will set the basis for an integrated understanding of human−ecosystem interactions and for constructing sustainable management strategies for the TDF.
Language eng
Field of Research 140205 Environment and Resource Economics
Socio Economic Objective 970114
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Resilience Alliance Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30025617

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