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Identifying Ecosystem Key Factors to Support Sustainable Water Management

Department of Animal Sciences and Aquatic Ecology, Ghent University, Coupure Links 653, B-9000 Gent, Belgium
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Sustainability 2020, 12(3), 1148; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12031148
Received: 31 December 2019 / Revised: 29 January 2020 / Accepted: 4 February 2020 / Published: 5 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Collection Sustainability of Water Environment)
There is a growing consensus that sustainable development requires a behavioral change, forced by firm decision-making. However, existing decision-supporting tools are unlikely to provide relevant information, hampered by the complexity of combined socio-economic and natural systems. Protecting the intrinsic value of ecosystems and providing sufficient natural resources for human use at the same time leads up to a wide span of management, ranging from species traits to governance. The aim of this study is to investigate the interactions between the natural and economic systems from the perspective of sustainable development. The way to reduce systems complexity by selecting key factors of ecosystem functioning for policy and management purposes is discussed. To achieve this, the Pentatope Model is used as a holistic framework, an ecosystem nodes network is developed to select key factors, and a combined natural and socio-economic valuation scheme is drawn. These key factors—abiotic resources and conditions, biodiversity, and biomass—are considered fundamental to the ecosystem properties habitat range and carrying capacity. Their characteristics are discussed in relation to sustainable water management. The conclusion is that sustainable development requires environmental decision-making that includes the intrinsic natural value, and should be supported by ecological modelling, additional environmental quality standards, and substance balances. View Full-Text
Keywords: pentatope model; natural valuation; ecosystem key factors; environmental quality standards; ecosystem-economy nexus; natural resources; sustainable ecological limits pentatope model; natural valuation; ecosystem key factors; environmental quality standards; ecosystem-economy nexus; natural resources; sustainable ecological limits
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Vannevel, R.; Goethals, P.L.M. Identifying Ecosystem Key Factors to Support Sustainable Water Management. Sustainability 2020, 12, 1148. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12031148

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Vannevel, Rudy, and Peter L.M. Goethals 2020. "Identifying Ecosystem Key Factors to Support Sustainable Water Management" Sustainability 12, no. 3: 1148. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12031148

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