Ecosystem services from a degraded peatland of Central Kalimantan: implications for policy, planning, and management

Law, Elizabeth A., Bryan, Brett Anthony, Meijaard, Erik, Mallawaarachchi, Thilak, Struebig, Matthew J. and Wilson, Kerrie A. (2015) Ecosystem services from a degraded peatland of Central Kalimantan: implications for policy, planning, and management. Ecological Applications, 25 1: 70-87. doi:10.1890/13-2014.1

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Author Law, Elizabeth A.
Bryan, Brett Anthony
Meijaard, Erik
Mallawaarachchi, Thilak
Struebig, Matthew J.
Wilson, Kerrie A.
Title Ecosystem services from a degraded peatland of Central Kalimantan: implications for policy, planning, and management
Journal name Ecological Applications   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1051-0761
Publication date 2015-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1890/13-2014.1
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 25
Issue 1
Start page 70
End page 87
Total pages 18
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher Ecological Society of America
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Increasingly, landscapes are managed for multiple objectives to balance social, economic, and environmental goals. The Ex-Mega Rice Project (EMRP) peatland in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, provides a timely example with globally significant development, carbon, and biodiversity concerns. To inform future policy, planning, and management in the EMRP, we quantified and mapped ecosystem service values, assessed their spatial interactions, and evaluated the potential provision of ecosystem services under future land use scenarios. We focus on key policy-relevant regulating (carbon stocks and the potential for emissions reduction), provisioning (timber, crops from smallholder agriculture, oil palm), and supporting (biodiversity) services. We found that implementation of existing land use plans has the potential to improve total ecosystem service provision. We identify a number of significant inefficiencies, trade-offs, and unintended outcomes that may arise. For example, the potential development of existing oil palm concessions over a third of the region may shift smallholder agriculture into low productivity regions and substantially impact carbon and biodiversity outcomes. While improved management of conservation zones may enhance the protection of carbon stocks, not all biodiversity features will be represented and there will be a reduction in timber harvesting and agricultural production. This study highlights how ecosystem service analyses can be structured to better inform policy, planning, and management in globally significant but data poor regions.

Keyword Biodiversity
Ecosystem services
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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