Special Issue "Integrating Ecosystem Services and Sustainable Development"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Bradley J. Cardinale
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School for Environment & Sustainability, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, USA
Interests: conservation biology; restoration ecology; ecological design; ecosystem services

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce a Special Issue of Sustainability titled “Integrating Ecosystem Services and Sustainable Development.” Sustainable development seeks to achieve a balance between exploitation of the world’s natural resources for current socio-economic development, and the conservation of natural resources that are needed to ensure a good quality of life for future generations. Ecosystem services, sometimes called ‘natural capital’ or ‘nature’s benefits’ to people, are essential for human well-being, and, thus, are integral to all applications of sustainable development. Yet, ecosystem services are often ignored, or play only a tangential role, in planning and activities geared towards sustainable development, including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

This Special Issue will address a fundamental question: How do we better integrate ecosystem services into sustainable development goals and activities in order to improve policy and management decisions? We are soliciting papers for this Special Issue that address this fundamental question in any form, including viewpoints, reviews, syntheses, meta-analyses, or original research. We especially invite papers that push the boundaries, and which might be considered too exploratory or avant-garde for other journals.

References:

  1. Wood, S.L.R.; Jones, S.K.; Johnson, J.A.; Brauman, K.A.; Chaplin-Kramere,R.; Fremier, A.; Girvetz, E.; Gordon, L.J. Kappel, C.V.; Mandle, L. et al., Distilling the role of ecosystem services in the Sustainable Development Goals. Ecosyst. Services. 2018, 29, 70–82.
  2. Maes, J.; Jacobs, S. Nature-Based Solutions for Europe's Sustainable Development. Conserv. Letters. 2017, 10, 121–124.
  3. Geijzendorffer, I.R.; Cohen-Shacham, E.; Cord, A.F.; Cramer, W.; Guerra, C.; Guerra, B. Ecosystem services in global sustainability policies. Environ. Sci. Policy. 2017, 74, 40–48.

Prof. Dr. Bradley J. Cardinale
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • ecosystem services
  • natural capital
  • nature’s services
  • 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • conservation
  • socio-economic development

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Payment Criteria and Mode for Watershed Ecosystem Services: A Case Study of the Heihe River Basin, Northwest China
Sustainability 2020, 12(15), 6177; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12156177 (registering DOI) - 31 Jul 2020
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Quantitative evaluation of the relationship between payment criteria and the amount of additional ecosystem services can improve the cost-effectiveness of payment for ecosystem services (PES) projects. This paper simulated additional water conservation (AWC) using the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) model, examined [...] Read more.
Quantitative evaluation of the relationship between payment criteria and the amount of additional ecosystem services can improve the cost-effectiveness of payment for ecosystem services (PES) projects. This paper simulated additional water conservation (AWC) using the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) model, examined appropriate payment criteria, and matched different payment modes with local herders’ preferences in Northwest China. The results showed that if all the low-coverage grass areas were to be closed through PES projects, the actual payment criteria, 37 yuan/ha, would need to be increased eight times, which would be 302 yuan/ha. Along with that, annual AWC could reach 1.69 × 106 m3. If PES projects were implemented in all the low- and medium-coverage grass areas, payment criteria would need to be increased to 365 yuan/ha, and the annual AWC would reach 2.59 × 106 m3. There were scale economy effects in this range, because a 21% increase in the payment criteria would result in a 66% increase in the total AWC. The appropriate mode for herders above 40 years old is “cash + in-kind compensation” and “cash + capacity” for those below 40, due to the preferences varying in age. Full article
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