Special Issue "Ecosystem Services – From Conceptual Frameworks to Policy Implementation"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sustainability and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Rui Ferreira dos Santos
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CENSE – Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research, NOVA School of Science and Technology, NOVA University, Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: sustainability; governance; climate change; water resources management environmental engineering; spatial planning; policy; water resources; ecosystems; ecological economics; environmental economics; ecosystem services; cost benefit analysis; sustainability research
Prof. Dr. Paula Antunes
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Guest Editor
CENSE – Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research, NOVA School of Science and Technology, NOVA University, Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: sustainability; governance; climate change; water resources management environmental engineering; spatial planning; policy; water resources; ecosystems; ecological economics; environmental economics; ecosystem services; cost benefit analysis; sustainability research
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The concept of ecosystem services (ES) has gained tremendous attention in the past few years in academia and policy and business circles. Although ES have entered the policy and business discourse at all levels, and in spite of all the scientific literature published in this field, there seems to be a missing link between science and policy. In fact, the recommendations and findings of recent research efforts in this topic seem to have been ignored in many of the main documents and policy instruments applied worldwide. An example is the topic of valuation of ES: while scientific literature points to the need to adopt multiple languages to demonstrate the value of ES, policy and business circles still focus almost exclusively on monetary approaches.

This Special Issue aims to gather contributions addressing the link between science and policy in the operationalization of the ecosystem services concept. Possible topics to be addressed include the following:

  • How can we integrate ES and biodiversity science in policy formulation processes? What models, indicators, and tools should we use?
  • How can we use ES to support environmental planning and assessment processes?
  • How can we navigate the ES concept in the water–ecosystems–food nexus?
  • How can we scale up locally derived experience on policy instruments for ES and biodiversity conservation to national and transnational level policies?
  • How can we integrate diverse sources of knowledge and multiple values to improve participation in ES assessment processes?

Prof. Dr. Rui Ferreira dos Santos
Prof. Paula Antunes
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Ecosystem services
  • Modeling and valuation
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Science and policy
  • Water–ecosystems–food nexus

 

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Trade-Offs Analysis of Ecosystem Services for the Grain for Green Program: Informing Reforestation Decisions in a Mountainous Headwater Region, Northeast China
Sustainability 2020, 12(11), 4762; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114762 - 11 Jun 2020
Abstract
The effects of forest restoration on ecosystem services and their trade-offs are increasingly discussed by environmental managers and ecologists, but few demonstrations have analyzed ecosystem service trade-offs with a view to informing afforestation choices. Here, we examined how the Grain for Green Program [...] Read more.
The effects of forest restoration on ecosystem services and their trade-offs are increasingly discussed by environmental managers and ecologists, but few demonstrations have analyzed ecosystem service trade-offs with a view to informing afforestation choices. Here, we examined how the Grain for Green Program (GGP), an ambitious reforestation program in China, affected ecosystem services. We quantified regulating services and provisioning service in the potential scenarios, which were developed to improve ecosystem services better. The results indicated the GGP drove 14.5% of land-use/land-cover from 2000 to 2015, and all the regulating services increased. Prioritizing reforestations in steep-sloped and riparian farmlands can promote flood mitigation, water purification, and soil retention services by 62.7%, 25.5%, and 216.1% as compared with 2015 levels, respectively, suggesting that the improvements strongly depend on afforestation locations. Driven by the new GGP policy, a high proportion of economic forest increased provisioning service (272.2%), but at the expense of decreases in soil retention (−25.1%), flood mitigation (−11.4%), water purification (−36.6%), and carbon storage (−48.5%). We identified a suitable scenario that would reduce the trade-offs, which associated with afforestation types and their spatial allocation. Identifying priority areas of afforestation types can inform the GGP policy to assure sustainable and broader benefits. Full article
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