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Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats : A SWOT analysis of the ecosystem services framework

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Bull, Joseph W. ; Jobstvogt, Niels ; Böhnke-Henrichs, Anne ; Mascarenhas, André ; Sitas, Nadia ; Baulcomb, Corinne ; Lambini, Cosmas Kombat ; Rawlins, Maurice ; Baral, Himlal ; Zähringer, J. ; Carter-Silk, E. ; Balzan, Mario V. ; Kenter, Jasper O. ; Häyhä, Tiina ; Petz, Katalin ; Koss, Rebecca S.:
Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats : A SWOT analysis of the ecosystem services framework.
In: Ecosystem Services. Vol. 17 (2016) . - pp. 99-111.
ISSN 2212-0416
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2015.11.012

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The ecosystem services concept (ES) is becoming a cornerstone of contemporary sustainability thought.Challenges with this concept and its applications are well documented, but have not yet been system-atically assessed alongside strengths and external factors that influence uptake. Such an assessment could form the basis for improving ES thinking, further embedding it into environmental decisions andmanagement.The Young Ecosystem Services Specialists (YESS) completed a Strengths–Weaknesses–Opportunities– Threats (SWOT) analysis of ES through YESS member surveys. Strengths include the approach being interdisciplinary, and a useful communication tool. Weaknesses include an incomplete scientific basis, frameworks being inconsistently applied, and accounting for nature's intrinsic value. Opportunities in- clude alignment with existing policies and established methodologies, and increasing environmental awareness. Threats include resistance to change, and difficulty with interdisciplinary collaboration. Consideration of SWOT themes suggested five strategic areas for developing and implementing ES. The ES concept could improve decision-making related to natural resource use, and interpretation of the complexities of human-nature interactions. It is contradictory – valued as a simple means of com- municating the importance of conservation, whilst also considered an oversimplification characterised by ambiguous language. Nonetheless, given sufficient funding and political will, the ES framework could facilitate interdisciplinary research, ensuring decision-making that supports sustainable development.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: BAYCEER133523
Institutions of the University: Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Chair Plant Ecology
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2016 10:39
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2018 13:34
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/33861