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A framework for the assessment of ecosystem goods and services; a case study on lowland floodplains in England

Posthumus, H.; Rouquette, J. R.; Morris, J.; Gowing, D. J. G. and Hess, T. M. (2010). A framework for the assessment of ecosystem goods and services; a case study on lowland floodplains in England. Ecological Economics, 69(7) pp. 1510–1523.

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The rural space is increasingly valued for the multiple ecosystem services that it can deliver. For example, priorities in many lowland floodplains in England have changed in recent years from a focus on agricultural production towards environmental quality and the management of flood risk, in part linked to climate change. Recent concerns about food security, however, may reinstate the importance of agricultural production in these fertile areas. This paper explores changes in rural land use in floodplains by measuring the range of ecosystem services provided under different management scenarios. Generic land use scenarios consider management options that focus on single objectives, such as maximising agricultural production, maximising biodiversity and maximising flood storage capacity. Indicators are developed to value the ecosystem services provided by floodplains under each scenario, identifying potential synergy and conflict. This integrated ecosystems approach can help to inform future policy and practice for floodplain management, hopefully in ways that appeal to key stakeholders.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2010 Elsevier B.V.
ISSN: 0921-8009
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetUK Research Councils
Not SetNot Setthe Scottish Government
Not SetNot SetDepartment for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Keywords: agriculture; ecosystem services; floodplains; scenario modelling
Academic Unit/Department: Science > Life, Health and Chemical Sciences
Science > Environment, Earth and Ecosystems
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 22522
Depositing User: David Gowing
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2010 09:16
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2012 12:08
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