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Solution scanning as a key policy tool

identifying management interventions to help maintain and enhance regulating ecosystem services

Sutherland, William J. and Gardner, Toby and Bogich, Tiffany L. and Bradbury, Richard B. and Clothier, Brent and Jonsson, Mattias and Kapos, Val and Lane, Stuart N. and Möller, Iris and Schroeder, Martin and Spalding, Mark and Spencer, Tom and White, Piran C.L and Dicks, Lynn V. (2014). Solution scanning as a key policy tool. Ecology and society. 19:2, 1-22
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-06082-190203

Abstract

The major task of policy makers and practitioners when confronted with a resource management problem is to decide on the potential solution(s) to adopt from a range of available options. However, this process is unlikely to be successful and cost effective without access to an independently verified and comprehensive available list of options. There is currently burgeoning interest in ecosystem services and quantitative assessments of their importance and value. Recognition of the value of ecosystem services to human well-being represents an increasingly important argument for protecting and restoring the natural environment, alongside the moral and ethical justifications for conservation. As well as understanding the benefits of ecosystem services, it is also important to synthesize the practical interventions that are capable of maintaining and/or enhancing these services. Apart from pest regulation, pollination, and global climate regulation, this type of exercise has attracted relatively little attention. Through a systematic consultation exercise, we identify a candidate list of 296 possible interventions across the main regulating services of air quality regulation, climate regulation, water flow regulation, erosion regulation, water purification and waste treatment, disease regulation, pest regulation, pollination and natural hazard regulation. The range of interventions differs greatly between habitats and services depending upon the ease of manipulation and the level of research intensity. Some interventions have the potential to deliver benefits across a range of regulating services, especially those that reduce soil loss and maintain forest cover. Synthesis and applications: Solution scanning is important for questioning existing knowledge and identifying the range of options available to researchers and practitioners, as well as serving as the necessary basis for assessing cost effectiveness and guiding implementation strategies. We recommend that it become a routine part of decision making in all environmental policy areas.

Authors/Creators:Sutherland, William J. and Gardner, Toby and Bogich, Tiffany L. and Bradbury, Richard B. and Clothier, Brent and Jonsson, Mattias and Kapos, Val and Lane, Stuart N. and Möller, Iris and Schroeder, Martin and Spalding, Mark and Spencer, Tom and White, Piran C.L and Dicks, Lynn V.
Title:Solution scanning as a key policy tool
Subtitle:identifying management interventions to help maintain and enhance regulating ecosystem services
Series/Journal:Ecology and society (1708-3087)
Year of publishing :2014
Depositing date:2015
Volume:19
Number:2
Page range:1-22
Number of Pages:22
Publisher:Resilience Alliance
ISSN:1708-3087
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:P Natural resources > P01 Nature conservation and land resources
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
Agrovoc terms:ecology, ecosystem services, regulations, resource management
Keywords:Climate regulation, policy making, pollination, regulating services, solution scanning, water regulation
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2396
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2396
Additional ID:
Type of IDID
Web of Science (WoS)000338711600002
DOI10.5751/ES-06082-190203
ID Code:11863
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:10 Feb 2015 14:38
Metadata Last Modified:19 Feb 2015 08:40

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