The promise of the ecosystem services concept for planning and decision-making

Jennifer Hauck, Burkhard Schweppe-Kraft, Christian Albert, Christoph Görg, Kurt Jax, Rita Jensen, Christine Fürst, Joachim Maes, Irene Ring, Iva Hönigová, Benjamin Burkhard, Marion Mehring, Maria Tiefenbach, Karsten Grunewald, Markus Schwarzer, Julian Meurer, Mario Sommerhäuser, Jörg A. Priess, Jenny Schmidt, Adrienne Grêt-Regamey

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Spatial planning is often affected by conflicting sectoral interests. Frequently, this results in unsustainable management practices. Integrating the concept of ecosystem services into planning and decision-making can facilitate communica tion among decision-makers from sectors like landscape and urban planning, agriculture or water management. The concept accounts for a broad spectrum of quantitative and qualitative data from local to international level, thus revealing the benefits humans derive from ecosystem goods and functions.We propose that the concept of ecosystem services can complement existing policy instruments that focus solely on a specific task or sectoral interest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-236
Number of pages5
JournalGAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Application
  • Ecosystem services
  • Landscape planning
  • Research needs
  • Valuation


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