The value of coordinated management of interacting ecosystem services

White, Crow, Costello, Christopher, Kendall, Bruce E. and Brown, Christopher J. (2012) The value of coordinated management of interacting ecosystem services. Ecology Letters, 15 6: 509-519. doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2012.01773.x

Author White, Crow
Costello, Christopher
Kendall, Bruce E.
Brown, Christopher J.
Title The value of coordinated management of interacting ecosystem services
Journal name Ecology Letters   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1461-023X
Publication date 2012-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2012.01773.x
Open Access Status
Volume 15
Issue 6
Start page 509
End page 519
Total pages 11
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Abstract Coordinating decisions and actions among interacting sectors is a critical component of ecosystem-based management, but uncertainty about coordinated management's effects is compromising its perceived value and use. We constructed an analytical framework for explicitly calculating how coordination affects management decisions, ecosystem state and the provision of ecosystem services in relation to ecosystem dynamics and socio-economic objectives. The central insight is that the appropriate comparison strategy to optimal coordinated management is optimal uncoordinated management, which can be identified at the game theoretic Nash equilibrium. Using this insight we can calculate coordination's effects in relation to uncoordinated management and other reference scenarios. To illustrate how this framework can help identify ecosystem and socio-economic conditions under which coordination is most influential and valuable, we applied it to a heuristic case study and a simulation model for the California Current Marine Ecosystem. Results indicate that coordinated management can more than double an ecosystem's societal value, especially when sectors can effectively manipulate resources that interact strongly. However, societal gains from coordination will need to be reconciled with observations that it also leads to strategic simplification of the ecological food web, and generates both positive and negative impacts on individual sectors and non-target species.
Keyword Bioeconomic model
Coordinated management
Ecosystem-based management
Ecosystem services
Game theory
Joint social value
Natural resource management
Single-sector management
Species coexistence
Trophic cascade
Trophic Cascades
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 10 April 2012.

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