Applying ecosystem services approaches for biodiversity conservation: Benefits and challenges

Ingram, Jane C., Redford, Kent H. and Watson, James E. M. (2012) Applying ecosystem services approaches for biodiversity conservation: Benefits and challenges. Sapiens, 5 1: .

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Author Ingram, Jane C.
Redford, Kent H.
Watson, James E. M.
Title Applying ecosystem services approaches for biodiversity conservation: Benefits and challenges
Journal name Sapiens   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1993-3800
1993-3819
Publication date 2012
Year available 2012
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 5
Issue 1
Total pages 23
Place of publication Paris, France
Publisher Institut Veolia Environnement
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Subject 2306 Global and Planetary Change
2308 Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
2310 Pollution
3305 Geography, Planning and Development
3322 Urban Studies
Abstract Ecosystem services as a concept and framework for understanding the way in which nature benefits people has led to a suite of approaches that are increasingly being used to support sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystems. However, the utility of the ecosystem services framework and associated tools for supporting biodiversity conservation are the subject of ongoing debates among conservationists. In this paper, we discuss several general ways in which ecosystem services approaches are supporting biodiversity conservation, which may not have been possible otherwise. The new opportunities that ecosystem services approaches provide for biodiversity conservation include: the development of broader constituencies for conservation and expanded possibilities to influence decision-making; opportunities to add or create new value to protected areas; and the opportunities to manage ecosystems sustainably outside of protected areas. We also review areas in which ecosystem services approaches may not effectively conserve certain aspects of biodiversity. Areas of particular concern in this regard include: species without utilitarian or economic value; ecological processes that do not directly benefit people; and critical ecological functions that may be undermined in attempts to optimize a target service. Understanding the benefits and limitations of using ecosystem services approaches for achieving biodiversity conservation will help ensure that the finite resources available for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development are used as strategically and effectively as possible to maintain the multiple components of biodiversity and to support human well-being.
Keyword Biodiversity conservation
Conservation opportunities
Conservation risks
Conservation targets
Ecosystem services
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Biological Sciences Publications
 
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