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Record number 507054
Title Temporal scales, ecosystem dynamics, stakeholders and the valuation of ecosystems services
Author(s) Hein, Lars; Koppen, C.S.A.K. van; Ierland, Ekko C. van; Leidekker, Jakob
Source Ecosystem Services 21 (2016)Part A. - ISSN 2212-0416 - p. 109 - 119.
Department(s) Environmental Systems Analysis Group
Environmental Policy
Environmental Economics and Natural Resources Group
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Keyword(s) Ecosystem services - National park - Stakeholder preferences - Temporal scales - Uncertainty

Temporal dimensions are highly relevant to the analysis of ecosystem services and their economic value. In this paper, we provide a framework that can be used for analyzing temporal dimensions of ecosystem services, we present a case study including an analysis of the supply of three ecosystem services in a Dutch national park, the Hoge Veluwe, over a time span of around a century, and we analyze the implications of temporal scales for ecosystem services analysis and valuation and ecosystem management. Our paper shows there can be major shifts in the values attributed to specific ecosystem services at time scales of decades or less. Changes in values at these time scales and are not commonly included in cost benefit analysis of ecosystem management options or natural capital accounts. Yet – given the long time lapse with which ecosystems may respond to management – these changes are highly relevant. We argue that ecosystem managers using cost benefit analysis should be aware of both uncertainties and of temporal changes in ecosystem values, and – to deal with unexpected changes in ecosystem services values - consider management strategies that target multiple ecosystem services.

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