Scaling Up Ecosystem Services Values: Methodology, Applicability and a Case Study

47 Pages Posted: 7 May 2010

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Luke M. Brander

Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM)

Andrea Ghermandi

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei

Onno Kuik

VU University Amsterdam - Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM)

Anil Markandya

Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3); University of Bath

Paulo A. L. D. Nunes

University of Padua - Dipartimento Territorio e Sistemi Agro Forestali (TeSAF)

Marije Schaafsma

University of East Anglia (UEA) - School of Environmental Sciences

Alfred Wagtendonk

Institute for Environmental Studies

Date Written: May 4, 2010

Abstract

The approach of using existing data on economic values of local ecosystem services for an assessment of these values at a larger geographical scale can be called “scaling up”. In a scaling-up exercise, economic values from a particular study site are transferred to another geographical setting, for instance to the regional, national or global scale. This paper proposes a methodology for scaling up ecosystem service values to a European level, assesses the availability of data for conducting this method, and illustrates the procedure with a case study on wetland values. The proposed methodology makes use of meta-analysis to produce a value function that is subsequently applied to individual European wetland sites. Site-specific, study-specific and context-specific variables are used to define a price vector that captures differences between sites and over time. The proposed method is shown to be practicable and to produce reasonably reliable aggregate value estimates.

Keywords: Ecosystem Services, Value Transfer, Meta-Analysis, Wetland Values

JEL Classification: C81, Q24, Q57

Suggested Citation

Brander, Luke M. and Ghermandi, Andrea and Kuik, Onno and Markandya, Anil and Dias Nunes, Paulo Augusto and Schaafsma, Marije and Wagtendonk, Alfred, Scaling Up Ecosystem Services Values: Methodology, Applicability and a Case Study (May 4, 2010). FEEM Working Paper No. 41.2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1600011 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1600011

Luke M. Brander (Contact Author)

Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) ( email )

De Boelelaan 1115
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Netherlands

Andrea Ghermandi

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei ( email )

Campo S. M. Formosa, Castello 5252
Venezia, 30122
Italy

Onno Kuik

VU University Amsterdam - Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) ( email )

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Netherlands
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Anil Markandya

Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3)

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Bilbao, Vizcaya 48009
Spain

University of Bath ( email )

Claverton Down
Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

Paulo Augusto Dias Nunes

University of Padua - Dipartimento Territorio e Sistemi Agro Forestali (TeSAF) ( email )

Legnaro, Padova 35020
Italy

Marije Schaafsma

University of East Anglia (UEA) - School of Environmental Sciences ( email )

Norwich, Norfolk
United Kingdom

Alfred Wagtendonk

Institute for Environmental Studies ( email )

De Boelelaan 1115
Amsterdam, 1081 HV
Netherlands

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