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Estimating societal benefits from Nordic catchments: An integrative approach using a final ecosystem services framework

Immerzeel, Bart and Vermaat, Jan E. and Riise, Gunnhild and Juutinen, Artti and Futter, Martyn (2021). Estimating societal benefits from Nordic catchments: An integrative approach using a final ecosystem services framework. PLoS ONE. 16 , e0252352
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Nordic catchments provide a variety of ecosystem services, from harvestable goods to mitigation of climate change and recreational possibilities. Flows of supplied ecosystem services depend on a broad range of factors, including climate, hydrology, land management and human population density. The aims of this study were: 1) to quantify the total economic value (TEV) of consumed ecosystem services across Nordic catchments, 2) to explain variation in ecosystem service value using socio-geographic and natural factors as explanatory variables in multiple linear regression, and 3) to determine which societal groups benefit from these ecosystem services. Furthermore, we tested the scientific rigour of our framework based on the concept of final ecosystem services (FES). We used a spatially explicit, integrative framework for ecosystem services quantification to compile data on final ecosystem services provision from six catchments across Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Our estimates showed a broad variation in TEV and in the proportion contributed by separate services, with the highest TEV of euro7,199 +/- 4,561 ha(-1) y(-1) (mean +/- standard deviation) in the Norwegian Orrevassdraget catchment, and the lowest TEV of euro183 +/- 517 ha(-1) y(-1) in the Finnish Simojoki catchment. The value of material services was dependent on both geographic factors and land management practices, while the value of immaterial services was strongly dependent on population density and the availability of water. Using spatial data on land use, forest productivity and population density in a GIS analysis showed where hotspots of ecosystem services supply are located, and where specific stakeholder groups benefit most. We show that our framework is applicable to a broad variety of data sources and across countries, making international comparative analyses possible.

Authors/Creators:Immerzeel, Bart and Vermaat, Jan E. and Riise, Gunnhild and Juutinen, Artti and Futter, Martyn
Title:Estimating societal benefits from Nordic catchments: An integrative approach using a final ecosystem services framework
Series Name/Journal:PLoS ONE
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:16
Article number:e0252352
Number of Pages:24
Publisher:PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE
ISSN:1932-6203
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 507 Social and Economic Geography > Economic Geography
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-112902
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-112902
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1371/journal.pone.0252352
Web of Science (WoS)000656813600044
ID Code:24887
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:13 Aug 2021 08:25
Metadata Last Modified:13 Aug 2021 08:31

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