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Making decisions for managing ecosystem services

Martinez-Harms, Maria Jose, Bryan, Brett A., Balvanera, Patricia, Law, Elizabeth A., Rhodes, Jonathan R., Possingham, Hugh P. and Wilson, Kerrie A. 2015, Making decisions for managing ecosystem services, Biological conservation, vol. 184, pp. 229-238, doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2015.01.024.

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Title Making decisions for managing ecosystem services
Author(s) Martinez-Harms, Maria Jose
Bryan, Brett A.ORCID iD for Bryan, Brett A. orcid.org/0000-0003-4834-5641
Balvanera, Patricia
Law, Elizabeth A.
Rhodes, Jonathan R.
Possingham, Hugh P.
Wilson, Kerrie A.
Journal name Biological conservation
Volume number 184
Start page 229
End page 238
Total pages 10
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2015-04
ISSN 0006-3207
Keyword(s) ecosystem services
structured decision-making
objectives
management actions
trade-offs
Summary Numerous assessments have quantified, mapped, and valued the services provided by ecosystems that are important for human wellbeing. However, much of the literature does not clarify how the information gathered in such assessments could be used to inform decisions that will impact ecosystem services. We propose that the process of making management decisions for ecosystem services comprises five core steps: identification of the problem and its social-ecological context; specification of objectives and associated performance measures; defining alternative management actions and evaluating the consequences of these actions; assessment of trade-offs and prioritization of alternative management actions; and making management decisions. We synthesize the degree to which the peer-reviewed ecosystem services literature has captured these steps. For the ecosystem service paradigm to gain traction in science and policy arenas, future ecosystem service assessments should have clearly articulated objectives, seek to evaluate the consequences of alternative management actions, and facilitate closer engagement between scientists and stakeholders.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.biocon.2015.01.024
Field of Research 05 Environmental Sciences
06 Biological Sciences
07 Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30102067

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