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Valuing Ecosystem Services

Methodological Issues and Case Studies

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Conserving biodiversity and ecosystem services is critical to promoting human welfare and sustainable development. Ecosystem services valuation has therefore recently assumed prominence in research and policy circles. In this illuminating volume, leading experts from around the world discuss the key methodological issues and challenges in valuing ecosystem services. Covering a cross-section of ecosystems and services in different sites, countries and regions, the collection also usefully presents case studies that value ecosystem services and experiences with operationalising valuation into policy.
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Environmental Assessments

Scenarios, Modelling and Policy

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In this authoritative book, leading international experts examine the use of scenario analyses and modelling in environmental assessments. Including chapters with a global or regional focus as well as in-depth case studies from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America, contributors analyse the latest research on the applications of scenarios and models and explore the opportunities and challenges in using them for policy relevant research and action.
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The chapter provides a comprehensive review of selected methods and tools available for conducting environmental assessments. It then provides a critical review of the use and applications of scenarios and models for undertaking environmental assessments, especially pertaining to biodiversity and ecosystem services assessments. The chapter highlights the critical role that scenarios and models can play in alerting scientists and policy makers to environmental events and risks and taking informed decisions and proactive steps to address these risks such as climate change, loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

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K.N. Ninan and Makoto Inoue