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A web application to support the quantification and valuation of ecosystem services

A web application to support the quantification and valuation of ecosystem services
A web application to support the quantification and valuation of ecosystem services
Assessing the impacts of policies on a wide range of ecosystem services can support the development of cost-effective policies that establish win–win situations across different environmental domains. To explore the quantity and value of ecosystem services, the web-based application “nature value explorer” was developed. The application allows to estimate the impact of land use and land cover change on regulating and cultural ecosystem services in Flanders, Belgium. To ensure the applicability in day-to-day decision making as part of environmental impact assessments, user requirements were investigated prior to tool development. Finding the optimal balance between accuracy and complexity on the one hand and flexibility and user-friendliness on the other hand was an important challenge. To date, the nature value explorer has been successful in drawing the interest of policy makers and has been used several times to support decisions in infrastructure projects as well as in nature restoration projects in Flanders. This paper discusses the user requirements, the main tool characteristics, potential policy applications and future improvements. Three case studies illustrate the functionalities of the tool in day-to-day decision making. The tool can be consulted on http://www.natuurwaardeverkenner.be.
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Broekx, Steven, Liekens, Inge, Peelaerts, Wim, De Nocker, Leo, Landuyt, Dries, Staes, Jan, Meire, Patrick, Schaafsma, Marije, Van Reeth, Wouter, Van den Kerckhove, Olivier and Cerulus, Tanya (2013) A web application to support the quantification and valuation of ecosystem services. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 40, 65-74. (doi:10.1016/j.eiar.2013.01.003).

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Abstract

Assessing the impacts of policies on a wide range of ecosystem services can support the development of cost-effective policies that establish win–win situations across different environmental domains. To explore the quantity and value of ecosystem services, the web-based application “nature value explorer” was developed. The application allows to estimate the impact of land use and land cover change on regulating and cultural ecosystem services in Flanders, Belgium. To ensure the applicability in day-to-day decision making as part of environmental impact assessments, user requirements were investigated prior to tool development. Finding the optimal balance between accuracy and complexity on the one hand and flexibility and user-friendliness on the other hand was an important challenge. To date, the nature value explorer has been successful in drawing the interest of policy makers and has been used several times to support decisions in infrastructure projects as well as in nature restoration projects in Flanders. This paper discusses the user requirements, the main tool characteristics, potential policy applications and future improvements. Three case studies illustrate the functionalities of the tool in day-to-day decision making. The tool can be consulted on http://www.natuurwaardeverkenner.be.

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Published date: April 2013
Organisations: Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Geography & Environment

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Local EPrints ID: 368359
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/368359
ISSN: 0195-9255
PURE UUID: 339ff914-e846-4265-8c8f-4da7673d3b29
ORCID for Marije Schaafsma: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0878-069X

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Date deposited: 12 Sep 2014 11:22
Last modified: 14 Jun 2019 00:30

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