The relationship between social values for ecosystem services and global land cover: an empirical analysis

Brown, Greg (2013) The relationship between social values for ecosystem services and global land cover: an empirical analysis. Ecosystem Services, 5 58-68. doi:10.1016/j.ecoser.2013.06.004

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Author Brown, Greg
Title The relationship between social values for ecosystem services and global land cover: an empirical analysis
Journal name Ecosystem Services   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2212-0416
Publication date 2013-07-20
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ecoser.2013.06.004
Volume 5
Start page 58
End page 68
Total pages 11
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Formatted abstract
• Examines spatial association between social values of ecosystem services and physical landscapes across 11 public participation GIS studies.
• Forested land cover and water have greatest social value for ecosystem services.
• Landscape importance for providing social values for ecosystem services can be determined using multiple evaluation criteria.
• The social valuation of ecosystem services using participatory mapping appears complementary to economic valuation methods.

Considerable effort has been directed into separate but related research foci—the study of ecosystem services and participatory mapping methods. The two research foci intersect in the mapping of place-based values, an operational form of social values for ecosystem services that uses public participation GIS (PPGIS) methods. The social valuation of ecosystem services through participatory mapping offers an alternative valuation approach to economic valuation of ecosystem services. This study analyzes the spatial associations between global land cover which provides a proxy indicator of ecosystem services, and place-based values from 11 PPGIS studies completed in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand that comprise a diverse set of temperate ecoregions. Key findings include: the highest frequencies of social values for ecosystem services were associated with forested land cover; water bodies were highly valuable relative to area occupied; and agricultural land and areas of permanent snow and ice were least valuable. Most land cover classes demonstrated high diversity of social values. The importance of different land cover types varies based on the selected evaluation criteria. Additional research is needed to determine whether economic and social valuation approaches provide complementary, contradictory, or redundant measures of the importance of landscapes for providing ecosystem services.
Keyword Ecosystem services
Land cover
Social values
Participatory mapping
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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