Author(s): P. Blancher, C. Vignon, E. Catalon, B. Maresca, A. Dujin,
X. Mordet, I. Borowski, L. Neubauer, S. Rotter, E. Interwies,
M. C. Cunha, J. C. Marques, R. Pinto & C. Palma
The modern concept of ‘ecosystem services’ has progressed significantly in
Conceived primarily as a communication tool in the late 1970s to
explain societal dependence on nature, it now incorporates economic dimensions
and provides help to decision makers for implementing effective conservation
policies which support human wellbeing and sustainable development.
founding work appeared in the late 1980s led to the conducting by policymakers
of a more systematic assessment of the net monetary value associated with the
preservation or restoration of natural areas.
Following this work, many case
studies have highlighted that ignorance of the value of natural capital into
decisions on land use and resources allocation most likely results in degradation
and destruction of this natural capital and eventually prove very costly for
In this paper is presented a research project that investigates the
methodological links of the two concepts (Ecosystems Services Approach (ESA)
and Water Framework Directive (WFD) – economics).
Its main academic
innovation will be on assessing the potential “added value” of using the ESA
approach and results in Integrated Water Resource Management policies
decision and implementation processes, and the related communication and
stakeholders’ participation, with a specific focus to WFD.
ecosystems services, WFD-economics.
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Paper DOI: 10.2495/RAV110081
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This paper can be found in the following bookManagement of Natural Resources, Sustainable Development and Ecological Hazards IIIBuy