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Solution Scanning as a Key Policy Tool: Identifying Management Interventions to Help Maintain and Enhance Regulating Ecosystem Services

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dc.contributor.author Sutherland, William J.
dc.contributor.author Gardner, Toby
dc.contributor.author Bogich, Tiffany L.
dc.contributor.author Bradbury, Richard B.
dc.contributor.author Clothier, Brent
dc.contributor.author Jonsson, Mattias
dc.contributor.author Kapos, Val
dc.contributor.author Lane, Stuart N.
dc.contributor.author Möller, Iris
dc.contributor.author Schroeder, Martin
dc.contributor.author Spalding, Mark
dc.contributor.author Spencer, Tom
dc.contributor.author White, Piran C. L.
dc.contributor.author Dicks, Lynn V.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-08-12T18:56:43Z
dc.date.available 2014-08-12T18:56:43Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9487
dc.description.abstract "The major task of policy makers and practitioners when confronted with a resource management problem is to decide on the potential solution(s) to adopt from a range of available options. However, this process is unlikely to be successful and cost effective without access to an independently verified and comprehensive available list of options. There is currently burgeoning interest in ecosystem services and quantitative assessments of their importance and value. Recognition of the value of ecosystem services to human well-being represents an increasingly important argument for protecting and restoring the natural environment, alongside the moral and ethical justifications for conservation. As well as understanding the benefits of ecosystem services, it is also important to synthesize the practical interventions that are capable of maintaining and/or enhancing these services. Apart from pest regulation, pollination, and global climate regulation, this type of exercise has attracted relatively little attention. Through a systematic consultation exercise, we identify a candidate list of 296 possible interventions across the main regulating services of air quality regulation, climate regulation, water flow regulation, erosion regulation, water purification and waste treatment, disease regulation, pest regulation, pollination and natural hazard regulation. The range of interventions differs greatly between habitats and services depending upon the ease of manipulation and the level of research intensity. Some interventions have the potential to deliver benefits across a range of regulating services, especially those that reduce soil loss and maintain forest cover. Synthesis and applications: Solution scanning is important for questioning existing knowledge and identifying the range of options available to researchers and practitioners, as well as serving as the necessary basis for assessing cost effectiveness and guiding implementation strategies. We recommend that it become a routine part of decision making in all environmental policy areas." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject water management en_US
dc.subject policy en_US
dc.title Solution Scanning as a Key Policy Tool: Identifying Management Interventions to Help Maintain and Enhance Regulating Ecosystem Services en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Theory en_US
dc.subject.sector Theory en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 19 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth June en_US

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