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Record number 555140
Title Practical solutions for bottlenecks in ecosystem services mapping
Author(s) Palomo, Ignacio; Willemen, Louise; Drakou, Evangelia; Burkhard, Benjamin; Crossman, Neville; Bellamy, Chloe; Burkhard, Kremena; Campagne, C.S.; Dangol, Anuja; Franke, Jonas; Kulczyk, Sylwia; Clec’h, Solen Le; Abdul Malak, Dania; Muñoz, Lorena; Narusevicius, Vytautas; Ottoy, Sam; Roelens, Jennifer; Sing, Louise; Thomas, Amy; Meerbeek, Koenraad van; Verweij, Peter
Source Wadden Sea Ecosystem 3 (2018). - ISSN 0946-896X
Department(s) Environmental Systems Analysis
Earth Observation and Environmental Informatics
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018
Keyword(s) Ecosystem services - Mapping - Solutions - Spatial analysis - Sustainability

Background Ecosystem services (ES) mapping is becoming mainstream in many sustainability assessments, but its impact on real world decision-making is still limited. Robustness, enduser relevance and transparency have been identified as key attributes needed for effective ES mapping. However, these requirements are not always met due to multiple challenges, referred to here as bottlenecks, that scientists, practitioners, policy makers and users from other public and private sectors encounter along the mapping process. New information A selection of commonly encountered ES mapping bottlenecks that relate to seven themes: i) map-maker map-user interaction; ii) nomenclature and ontologies; iii) skills and background; iv) data and maps availability; v) methods-selection; vi) technical difficulties; and vii) over-simplification of mapping process/output. The authors synthesise the variety of solutions already applied by map-makers and map-users to mitigate or cope with these bottlenecks and discuss the emerging trade-offs amongst different solutions. Tackling the bottlenecks described here is a crucial first step towards more effective ES mapping, which can in turn ensure the adequate impact of ES mapping in decision-making.

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