The 18 benefits of using ecosystem services classification systems

Show simple item record Finisdore, John Rhodes, Charles Haines-Young, Roy Maynard, Simone Wielgus, Jeffrey Dvarskas, Anthony Houdet, Joel Quetier, Fabien Lamothe, Karl A. Ding, Helen Soulard, Francois Van Houtven, George Rowcroft, Petrina 2021-05-12T11:57:23Z 2020-10
dc.description.abstract Ecosystem services (ES) practitioners (e.g., researchers, policy makers) have been working to better define, measure, and value the ways that nature contributes to society. Because measurement techniques follow the labeling or identification of ES, precise identification is critical. This article reviews literature and consults experts in classification science and ES to determine the expected benefits of using ES classification knowledge (classification knowledge); ecosystem services classification systems (ES-CS) and their principles. An informal analysis of the costs of transitioning from the current ad-hoc approach—based on various ES lists—to using classification knowledge was conducted. 18 benefits of using classification knowledge were found, including allowing ES to be defined more easily and precisely, easing the transfer of knowledge among studies, and avoiding the need to recreate ES identification systems. Collectively, these 18 benefits should allow for more accurate and consistent definition of ES, thereby serving to improve communication and measurement of ES. Moreover, the expected benefits of using ES-CS outweigh expected costs of the transition. Practitioners can use ES-CS in whole, or in parts, as their research or their institutions warrant. Finally, a case study was conducted that shows how ES measures can be organized using ES-CS, delivering benefits to practitioners. en_ZA
dc.description.department Business Management en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2021-08-15
dc.description.librarian hj2021 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Finisdore, J., Rhodes, C., Haines-Young, R. et al. 2020, 'The 18 benefits of using ecosystem services classification systems', Ecosystem Services, vol. 45, art. 101160, pp. 1-12. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2212-0416
dc.identifier.other 10.1016/j.ecoser.2020.101160
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Elsevier en_ZA
dc.rights © 2020 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Notice : this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Ecosystem Services. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. A definitive version was subsequently published in Ecosystem Services, vol. 45, art. 101160, pp. 1-12, 2020. doi : 10.1016/j.ecoser.2020.101160. en_ZA
dc.subject Ecosystem services classification systems (ES-CS) en_ZA
dc.subject Ecosystem services (ES) en_ZA
dc.subject Final ecosystem services en_ZA
dc.subject Classification systems en_ZA
dc.subject National ecosystem services classification system (NESCS) en_ZA
dc.subject Common international classification of ecosystem services (CICES) en_ZA
dc.subject Ecosystem services metrics en_ZA
dc.title The 18 benefits of using ecosystem services classification systems en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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