Mapping Ecosystem Services’ Values: Current Practice and Future Prospects

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Jan Philipp Schägner

Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES)

Joachim Maes

Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES)

Luke M. Brander

Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM)

Volkmar Hartje

Technische Universität Berlin

Date Written: October 12, 2012

Abstract

Mapping of ecosystem services’ (ESS) values means valuing ESS in monetary terms across a relatively large geographical area and assessing how values vary across space. Thereby, mapping of ESS values reveals additional information as compared to traditional site-specific ESS valuation, which is beneficial for designing land use policies for maintaining ESS supply. Since the well-known article by Costanza et al. (1997), who mapped global ESS values, the number of publications mapping ESS values has grown exponentially, with almost 60% being published after 2007. Within this paper, we analyse and review articles that map ESS values. Our findings show that methodologies, in particular how spatial variations of ESS values are estimated, their spatial scope, rational and ESS focus differ widely. Still, most case studies rely on relatively simplistic approaches using land use/cover data as a proxy for ESS supply and its values. However, a tendency exists towards more sophisticated methodologies using ESS models and value functions, which integrate a variety of spatial variables and which are validated against primary data. Based on our findings, we identify current practices and developments in the mapping of ESS values and provide guidelines and recommendations for future applications and research.

Keywords: Ecosystem Service Assessment, Ecosystem Service Mapping, Ecosystem Service Valuation, Ecosystem Service Modelling, Value Transfer, Land use Policy Assessment

JEL Classification: Q5

Suggested Citation

Schägner, Jan Philipp and Maes, Joachim and Brander, Luke M. and Hartje, Volkmar, Mapping Ecosystem Services’ Values: Current Practice and Future Prospects (October 12, 2012). FEEM Working Paper No. 59.2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2160714 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2160714

Jan Philipp Schägner (Contact Author)

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Joachim Maes

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Luke M. Brander

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Volkmar Hartje

Technische Universität Berlin ( email )

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Berlin, 10623
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