Water Ecosystem Services: A Global Perspective

Water Ecosystem Services: A Global Perspective


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This comprehensive volume describes how ecosystem services-based approaches can assist in addressing major global and regional water challenges, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and water security in the developing world, by integrating scientific knowledge from different disciplines, such as hydrological modelling, environmental economics, psychology and international law. Empirical assessments at the national, catchment and regional levels are used to critically appraise this systemic approach, and the merits and potential limitations are presented. The practicalities of this approach with regard to water resources management, nature conservation, and sustainable business practices are discussed, and the role of society in underpinning the concept of ecosystem services is explored. Presenting new insights and perspectives on how to shape future strategies, this contributory volume is a valuable reference for researchers, academics, students and policy makers, in environmental studies, hydrology, water resource management, ecology, environmental law, policy and economics, and conservation biology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107496187
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/01/2018
Series: International Hydrology Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 8.46(w) x 11.02(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

Julia Martin-Ortega is Senior Environmental Economist at The James Hutton Institute, Scotland. She has an interdisciplinary background in environmental sciences and economics, with an emphasis on environmental valuation and an increased interest in participatory approaches. Her research, focusing on the understanding of the relationships between people and water ecosystem services, has informed policy-making in relation to issues such as the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive and the development of the Water Resources (Scotland) Act.

Robert C. Ferrier is the Director of Research Impact at the James Hutton Institute, Scotland. His extensive research interests centre on the role of policy and land use change on water resources and the development of systems-based approaches for sustainable management. He has thirty years' experience in water resources management, particularly the hydrological, hydrochemical and ecological consequences of environmental change, in both freshwater and coastal systems. He is also Director of the Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW) and is involved in delivering the Scottish Government's Hydro Nation agenda, both domestically and internationally.

Iain J. Gordon is the Chief Executive and Director of the James Hutton Institute, Scotland. He has played an active role in promoting the value of biodiversity and its importance in the provision of ecosystem services and human wellbeing, and has managed projects in Africa, Asia, South America and Australia, including major research portfolios on land management to improve the water quality of the catchments flowing into the lagoon of the Great Barrier Reef.

Shahbaz Khan is Deputy Director of Asia and the Pacific Regional Science Bureau of UNESCO where he advises UN member states on environmental policies, review of curricula, and securing multilateral support for research and education projects especially in the Asia-Pacific and African regions. He has been involved in a range of innovative water management programs through his work with the Australian government. Professor Khan was previously Chief of Water and Sustainable Development at UNESCO, Paris, and prior to this, was Professor of Hydrology and Director of the International Centre of Water at the Charles Sturt University, Australia.

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction Iain J. Gordon, Julia Martin-Ortega and Robert C. Ferrier; 2. What defines ecosystem services-based approaches? Julia Martin-Ortega, Dídac Jordà Capdevila, Klaus Glenk and Kirsty L. Holstead; Part I. Addressing Global Challenges: 3. Assessing climate change risks and prioritising adaptation options using a water ecosystem services-based approach Samantha J. Capon and Stuart E. Bunn; 4. Operationalizing an ecosystem services-based approach for managing river biodiversity Catherine M. Febria, Benjamin J. Koch and Margaret A. Palmer; 5. Water for agriculture and energy: the African quest under the lenses of an ecosystem services-based approach Maher Salman and Alba Martinez; Part II. Applying Frameworks for Water Management and Conservation under an Ecosystem Services-Based Approach: 6. Using ecosystem services-based approaches in integrated water resources management: perspectives from the developing world Madiodio Niasse and Jan Cherlet; 7. Implementation of the European Water Framework Directive: what does taking an ecosystem services-based approach add? Kirsty L. Blackstock, Julia Martin-Ortega and Chris J. Spray; 8. How useful to biodiversity conservation are ecosystem services-based approaches? Craig Leisher; Part III. Assessing Ecosystem Services: 9. The first United Kingdom's National Ecosystem Assessment and beyond Marije Schaafsma, Silvia Ferrini, Amii R. Harwood and Ian J. Bateman; 10. Using an ecosystem services-based approach to measure the benefits of reducing diversions of freshwater: a case study in the Murray-Darling basin, Australia Neville D. Crossman, Rosalind H. Bark, Matthew J. Colloff, Darla Hatton MacDonald and Carmel A. Pollino; 11. An ecosystem services-based approach to integrated regional catchment management: the South East Queensland experience Simone Maynard, David James, Stuart Hoverman, Andrew Davidson and Shannon Mooney; 12. Policy support systems for the development of benefit sharing mechanisms for water related ecosystem services Mark Mulligan, Silvia Benitez, Juan Sebastian Lozano and Jorge Leon; 13. Assessing biophysical and economic dimensions of societal value: an example for water ecosystem services in Madagascar Ferdinando Villa, Rosimeiry Portela, Laura Onofri, Paulo A. L. D. Nunes and Glenn-Marie Lange; 14. Rapid land use change impacts on coastal ecosystem services: a South Korean case study Hojeong Kang, Heejun Chang and Min Gon Chung; Part IV. Broadening the Perspective: 15. Ecosystem services-based approaches to water management: what opportunities and challenges for business? Joël Houdet, Andrew Johnstone and Charles Germaneau; 16. Key factors for successful application of ecosystem services-based approaches to water resources management: the role of stakeholder participation Jos Brils, Albert F. Appleton, Nicolaas van Everdingen and Dylan Bright; 17. Cultural ecosystem services, water and aquatic environments Andrew Church, Rob Fish, Neil Ravenscroft and Lee Stapleton; 18. The psychological dimension of water ecosystem services Victor Corral-Verdugo, Martha Frías-Armenta, César Tapia-Fonllem and Blanca Fraijo-Sing; 19. The interface between human rights and ecosystem services Stephen J. Turner; 20. Water ecosystem services: moving forward Julia Martin-Ortega, Robert C. Ferrier and Iain J. Gordon.

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