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Handbook on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Impact Assessment

Handbook on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Impact Assessment

Research Handbooks on Impact Assessment series

Edited by Davide Geneletti

This Handbook presents state-of-the-art methodological guidance and discussion of international practice related to the integration of biodiversity and ecosystem services in impact assessment, featuring contributions from leading researchers and practitioners the world over. Its multidisciplinary approach covers contributions across five continents to broaden the scope of the field both thematically and geographically.

Chapter 20: Strengthening biodiversity and ecosystem services in impact assessment for better decisions

Davide Geneletti

Subjects: economics and finance, environmental economics, environment, environmental economics, management natural resources

Abstract

The contributions to the Handbook on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Impact Assessment illustrated the different ways in which information on biodiversity and ecosystem services can permeate different types of impact assessment, across many planning and policy sectors. The variety of case studies described in the Handbook provided examples of how this information is used to improve decision-making at all levels, from strategic choices to individual projects. This final chapter aims at summarizing some of the overarching lessons drawn from the Handbook. These lessons are articulated into two sections: addressing analyses and frameworks respectively. The first section presents an overview of the innovative methods, and the associated challenges, that have been proposed in the Handbook to improve impact analyses. The second section expands the perspective and discuss the new or enriched frameworks that emerge from the different chapters, and the way in which they contribute to better decisions, by enhancing the consideration of biodiversity and ecosystem services in impact assessment. The chapters of this Handbook highlighted the diversity of approaches that are being developed to strengthen the consideration of biodiversity and ecosystem services in impact assessment. They also demonstrated their applicability in different contexts and sectors the world over. It is my hope that this Handbook will help practitioners and researchers to improve the practice of this evolving field, and contribute to better decisions about the use of our lands and waters.

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