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Guidance for assessing interregional ecosystem service flows

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Koellner, Thomas ; Bonn, Aletta ; Arnhold, Sebastian ; Bagstad, Kenneth J. ; Fridman, Dor ; Guerra, Carlos A. ; Kastner, Thomas ; Kissinger, Meidad ; Kleemann, Janina ; Kuhlicke, Christian ; Liu, Jianguo ; López-Hoffman, Laura ; Marques, Alexandra ; Martín-López, Berta ; Schulp, Catharina J.E. ; Wolff, Sarah ; Schröter, Matthias:
Guidance for assessing interregional ecosystem service flows.
In: Ecological Indicators. (2019) Issue 105 . - pp. 92-106.
ISSN 1470-160x
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2019.04.046

Abstract in another language

Ecosystem services (ES) assessments commonly focus on a specific biophysical region or nation and take its
geographic borders as the system boundary. Most geographical regions are, however, not closed systems but are
open and telecoupled with other regions, such that the use of ES in one location is dependent on ecosystem
processes and ecological management in other locations. Interregional ES flows often affect national economies
and may trigger issues of national security and global equity. To date, however, methodologies for assessing
interregional flows of ES have been published in dispersed literature. This paper provides a three-step guidance
for how to assess four different types of interregional ES flows (traded goods, passive biophysical flows, species
migration and dispersal as well as information flows). This guidance is intended to complement national and
regional ecosystem assessments. The three steps are to (i) define the goal and scope of interregional ES flow
assessments, (ii) quantify the interregional ES flows using a tiered approach and (iii) interpret results in terms of
uncertainties, consequences and governance options. We compile different indicators for assessing interregional
ES flows and evaluate their suitability for national and regional ES assessments. Finally, to assess the implications of interregional ES flows for environmental sustainability and human well-being, we relate our flow
indicators to the Sustainable Development Goals. This guidance towards systematic assessment of interregional
ES flows provides a first step to measure and quantify externalised environmental costs and can contribute to the
development of indicators to address interregional imbalances in trade, foreign policy and beyond.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Ecosystem services flows; Interregional; National ecosystem assessment
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Professorship Ecological Services > Professorship Ecological Services - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Köllner
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 550 Earth sciences, geology
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2019 09:22
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2019 09:22
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/49224