How natural capital delivers ecosystem services: A typology derived from a systematic review
PÃ©rez Soba, M.,
N. Fabrega Domenech,
GyÃ¶rgy, Ã .I.,
L. Miguel Ayala,
C.J. Veerkamp and
V. Wyllie de Echeverria
Ecosystem Services, 2017, vol. 26, issue PA, 111-126
There is no unified evidence base to help decision-makers understand how the multiple components of natural capital interact to deliver ecosystem services. We systematically reviewed 780 papers, recording how natural capital attributes (29 biotic attributes and 11 abiotic factors) affect the delivery of 13 ecosystem services. We develop a simple typology based on the observation that five main attribute groups influence the capacity of natural capital to provide ecosystem services, related to: A) the physical amount of vegetation cover; B) presence of suitable habitat to support species or functional groups that provide a service; C) characteristics of particular species or functional groups; D) physical and biological diversity; and E) abiotic factors that interact with the biotic factors in groups Aâ€“D. â€˜Bundlesâ€™ of services can be identified that are governed by different attribute groups. Management aimed at maximising only one service often has negative impacts on other services and on biological and physical diversity. Sustainable ecosystem management should aim to maintain healthy, diverse and resilient ecosystems that can deliver a wide range of ecosystem services in the long term. This can maximise the synergies and minimise the trade-offs between ecosystem services and is also compatible with the aim of conserving biodiversity.
Keywords: Biodiversity; Functional diversity; Trait; Attribute; Trade-offs; Land management (search for similar items in EconPapers)
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations View citations in EconPapers (1) Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
Full text for ScienceDirect subscribers only
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:eee:ecoser:v:26:y:2017:i:pa:p:111-126
Access Statistics for this article
Ecosystem Services is currently edited by Leon C Braat
More articles in Ecosystem Services from Elsevier
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Dana Niculescu ().