Bringing ecosystem services into economic decision-making: land use in the United Kingdom.
Harwood, Amii R.
Abson, David J.
Lovett, Andrew A.
van Soest, D
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Copyright © 2013, The American Association for the Advancement of Science
Landscapes generate a wide range of valuable ecosystem services, yet land-use decisions often ignore the value of these services. Using the example of the United Kingdom, we show the significance of land-use change not only for agricultural production but also for emissions and sequestration of greenhouse gases, open-access recreational visits, urban green space, and wild-species diversity. We use spatially explicit models in conjunction with valuation methods to estimate comparable economic values for these services, taking account of climate change impacts. We show that, although decisions that focus solely on agriculture reduce overall ecosystem service values, highly significant value increases can be obtained from targeted planning by incorporating all potential services and their values and that this approach also conserves wild-species diversity.
The UK-NEA and its Follow-On program
The devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Social and Environmental Economic Research (SEER) project
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Science, 2013, Vol. 341 (6141), pp. 45 - 50
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