Ecosystem Services and River Basin Management

Kate A Brauman, Suzanne Van Der Meulen, Jos Brils

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Abstract

Ecosystem services are the goods and services provided by ecosystems that maintain and improve human well-being. This framework is inherently anthropocentric, organizing ecological processes by their effects on human beneficiaries and explicitly connecting ecosystem processes to human welfare. The ecosystem services approach facilitates management of a complex system by incorporating important aspects of risk-informed management. Ecosystem services provide a framework for assessing the many stressors to and outputs of a river basin by organizing stakeholders, identifying those whose actions affect the provision of ecosystem services and those whose well-being will be impacted by changes in the provision of ecosystem services, and by delineating the mechanisms by which land-use changes affect stakeholders. The framework is best used to assess changes in ecosystem service delivery and can be useful for considering the trade-offs among services provided by a variety of plausible future land-use scenarios. Within the ecosystem services framework, stakeholder beneficiaries identify the ecosystem services they find valuable. Ecosystem service valuation is not necessarily monetary valuation, but using money as a common currency for comparison can aid decision-making. Economic valuation approaches have a number of problems and pitfalls, but when thoughtfully applied, they allow the possibility of payments for ecosystem services, which can be a useful tool when command-and-control regulation does not work or is politically infeasible. Overall, ecosystem services are a useful tool for river basin managers because they provide a coherent context to incorporate stakeholders and complex biophysical processes into a consistent, learning-based management scheme.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Environmental Chemistry
PublisherSpringer- Verlag
Pages265-294
Number of pages30
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

Publication series

NameHandbook of Environmental Chemistry
Volume29
ISSN (Print)1867-979X

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basin management
ecosystem service
Catchments
Ecosystems
river basin
Rivers
stakeholder
valuation
Land use
ecosystem
currency
land use change
Risk management
learning
Large scale systems
decision making
Managers

Keywords

  • Common language
  • Economic valuation
  • Ecosystem services
  • Hydrologic services
  • Land-use change
  • Payment
  • River basin management
  • Watershed

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Brauman, K. A., Van Der Meulen, S., & Brils, J. (2014). Ecosystem Services and River Basin Management. In Handbook of Environmental Chemistry (pp. 265-294). (Handbook of Environmental Chemistry; Vol. 29). Springer- Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-38598-8-10

Ecosystem Services and River Basin Management. / Brauman, Kate A; Van Der Meulen, Suzanne; Brils, Jos.

Handbook of Environmental Chemistry. Springer- Verlag, 2014. p. 265-294 (Handbook of Environmental Chemistry; Vol. 29).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Brauman, KA, Van Der Meulen, S & Brils, J 2014, Ecosystem Services and River Basin Management. in Handbook of Environmental Chemistry. Handbook of Environmental Chemistry, vol. 29, Springer- Verlag, pp. 265-294. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-38598-8-10
Brauman KA, Van Der Meulen S, Brils J. Ecosystem Services and River Basin Management. In Handbook of Environmental Chemistry. Springer- Verlag. 2014. p. 265-294. (Handbook of Environmental Chemistry). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-38598-8-10
Brauman, Kate A ; Van Der Meulen, Suzanne ; Brils, Jos. / Ecosystem Services and River Basin Management. Handbook of Environmental Chemistry. Springer- Verlag, 2014. pp. 265-294 (Handbook of Environmental Chemistry).
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