Ecosystem Services

1st Edition

Global Issues, Local Practices

Editors: Sander Jacobs Nicolas Dendoncker Hans Keune
Paperback ISBN: 9780124199644
eBook ISBN: 9780124199804
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 25th November 2013
Page Count: 456
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Ecosystem Services: Global Issues, Local Practices covers scientific input, socioeconomic considerations, and governance issues on ecosystem services. This book provides hands-on transdisciplinary reflections by administrators and sector representatives involved in the ecosystem service community. Ecosystem Services develops shared approaches and scientific methods to achieve knowledge-based sustainable planning and management of ecosystem services. Professionals engaged in ecosystem service implementation have two options: de-emphasize the ecological and socioeconomic complexity and advance in the theoretical, abstract field, or try to develop research that is policy relevant and inclusive in an uncertain environment. This book provides a wide overview of issues at stake, of interest for any professional wishing to develop a broader view on ecosystem service science and practice.

Key Features

  • Examines a broad scope of relevant issues to create common understanding in the ecosystem services community
  • Includes contributions from several backgrounds, providing a broad, multidisciplinary view
  • Offers recommendations to develop a thorough understanding and management of ecosystem services based on tools and research in larger territories as well as on local scales


Academicians conducting interdisciplinary ecosystem service research, practitioners and policy makers aiming to incorporate ecosystem services into their work, and students from natural and social sciences

Table of Contents



Editorial. Editorial for Ecosystem Services—Global Issues, Local Practices

1 Limits

2 Fairness

3 Complexity

4 Reality Check

A Practical Guide to the Outer Comfort Zone



A Short History: Emergence of the Bees Community of Practice

Readers’ Guide

Part I: Ecosystem Service Basics

Chapter 1. Inclusive Ecosystem Services Valuation


1 Introduction: On Value and Valuation

2 Why Do We Value?

3 Valuation for Sustainable Development—A Three-Pillar Valuation Framework

4 Is Valuation of ES Enough for Proper Environmental Decision Making?


Chapter 2. Ecosystem Services and Their Monetary Value


1 Why Should We Monetize ES?

2 What Is Monetary Valuation?

3 What Are We Valuing?

4 The Economist Toolbox

5 Monetary Valuation of ES in Belgium

6 Conclusion


Chapter 3. Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services


1 Introduction

2 Biodiversity

3 Biodiversity within the Framework of Ecosystem Services

4 Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning


Chapter 4. Ecosystem Service Indicators: Are We Measuring What We Want to Manage?


1 Introduction

2 A Systems Approach for the Development, Interpretation, and Assessment of Indicators

3 Case Study: Ecosystem Service Indicators in Flanders

4 Conclusions and Recommendations

List of Abbreviations


Chapter 5. Inquiring into the Governance of Ecosystem Services: An Introduction


1 Introduction

2 What Is Governance?

3 The Practice of Governance

4 Knowledge: Diversity, Ethics, and Power


Part II: Ecosys


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About the Editor

Sander Jacobs

Sander Jacobs has a PhD in Biology. Since 2005, he has been active researcher working at the University of Antwerp. He studied the interface of fundamental ecology, nature restoration and anthropogenic impacts. Since 2009, he has coordinated a 7 people research team on ecosystem services. The team has coordinated and partnered several scientific and applied projects on regional, national and international scale. Through this work, an active interdisciplinary research community has been established. Although the research team specializes in the biophysical basis of ecosystem service delivery, a widened overview and interaction with other related disciplines has been developed.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Institute for Nature and Forest, Belgium

Nicolas Dendoncker

Prof. Nicolas Dendoncker is a geographer working at the University of Namur, Belgium. With Sander Jacobs, Dr. Dendoncker coordinates a team of 7 researchers involved in the study of Ecosystem Services. He coordinates the Namur Research Group on Sustainable Development (NaGRIDD). His team develops participatory agent based models (ABM) of land use and environmental change in several Belgian and European projects with case studies in Belgium, The Philippines, Congo and Senegal. Participatory approaches are implemented and the impacts of landscape changes on Ecosystem Services are assessed and sustainable development pathways are proposed. In several projects, ecosystem services are explicitly valued and quantified.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Geography, University of Namur, Belgium

Hans Keune

Hans Keune (PhD) is a Political Scientist working at The Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) and the Belgian Biodiversity Platform. He is also affiliated to naXys (Namur Center for Complex Systems), and to the Health and Environment Network and Faculty of Applied Economics, University of Antwerp. He works on critical complexity, inter- and transdisciplinary, action research, decision support methods; environment & health, ecosystem services, biodiversity & public health; experience both in Belgian projects and EU-projects. Currently he is working on ecosystem services, and involved in several Belgian and EU projects on ecosystem services.

Affiliations and Expertise

Belgian Biodiversity Platform, Research Institute for Nature and Forest, Belgium


"Environmental and earth scientists explore ecosystem services from the perspectives of basics, conceptual reflections, debates, tools and practices, and reflections from practice. Among specific topics are ecosystem services and their monetary value, ecosystem services in Belgian environmental policy making, an ecosystem services perspective on the natural relation between biodiversity and public health,…", February 2014