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

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  • Luke Brander

    (Institute for Environmental Studies)

  • Andrea Ghermandi

    (FEEM)

  • Onno Kuik

    (Institute for Environmental Studies)

  • Anil Markandya

    (BC3 Basque Centre for Climate Change)

  • Paulo A.L.D. Nunes

    (FEEM, Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia)

  • Marije Schaafsma

    (Institute for Environmental Studies)

  • Alfred Wagtendonk

    (Institute for Environmental Studies)

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.

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Paper provided by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in its series Working Papers with number 2010.41.

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

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Cited by:
  1. Jan Philipp Schägner & Luke Brander & Joachim Maes & Volkmar Hartje, 2012. "Mapping Ecosystem Services’ Values: Current Practice and Future Prospects," Working Papers 2012.59, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  2. Paulo A.L.D. Nunes & Helen Ding & Anil Markandya, 2009. "The Economic Valuation of Marine Ecosystems," Working Papers 2009.68, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.

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