How to value biodiversity in environmental management?

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dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Environmental Sciences en
dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Environmental Sciences en
dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) en
dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Environmental Sciences en Laurila-Pant, Mirka Lehikoinen, Annukka Uusitalo, Laura Venesjärvi, Riikka 2017-07-24T12:38:00Z 2017-07-24T12:38:00Z 2015
dc.identifier.citation Laurila-Pant , M , Lehikoinen , A , Uusitalo , L & Venesjärvi , R 2015 , ' How to value biodiversity in environmental management? ' , Ecological Indicators , vol. 55 , pp. 1-11 . en
dc.identifier.issn 1470-160X
dc.identifier.other PURE: 46585535
dc.identifier.other PURE UUID: 94c4014d-c298-46f1-846a-4dab59147212
dc.identifier.other WOS: 000356184800001
dc.identifier.other Scopus: 84925442211
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0001-8210-5778/work/51326800
dc.description.abstract Biodiversity is globally recognised as a cornerstone of healthy ecosystems, and biodiversity conservation is increasingly becoming one of the important aims of environmental management. Evaluating the trade-offs of alternative management strategies requires quantitative estimates of the costs and benefits of their outcomes, including the value of biodiversity lost or preserved. This paper takes a decision-analytic standpoint, and reviews and discusses the alternative aspects of biodiversity valuation by dividing them into three categories: socio-cultural, economic, and ecological indicator approaches. We discuss the interplay between these three perspectives and suggest integrating them into an ecosystem-based management (EBM) framework, which permits us to acknowledge ecological systems as a rich mixture of interactive elements along with their social and economic aspects. In this holistic framework, socio-cultural preferences can serve as a tool to identify the ecosystem services most relevant to society, whereas monetary valuation offers more globally comparative and understandable values. Biodiversity indicators provide clear quantitative measures and information about the role of biodiversity in the functioning and health of ecosystems. In the multi-objective EBM approach proposed in the paper, biodiversity indicators serve to define threshold values (i.e., the minimum level required to maintain a healthy environment). An appropriate set of decision-making criteria and the best method for conducting the decision analysis depend on the context and the management problem in question. Therefore, we propose a sequence of steps to follow when quantitatively evaluating environmental management against biodiversity. fi
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dc.language.iso eng
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dc.subject 1172 Environmental sciences en
dc.title How to value biodiversity in environmental management? en
dc.type Review Article
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