What is the role for ecosystem services-based approaches in addressing major global and regional water challenges? Carol Kyle, James Hutton Institute

Water Ecosystem Services
Monday, 4th May 2015

Exciting new book takes a global perspective

Water Ecosystem Services: A Global Perspective is a new book edited by Julia Martin-Ortega, Robert C Ferrier and Iain J Gordon of the James Hutton Institute and Shabaz Khan (UNESCO). This comprehensive volume describes how ecosystem services-based approaches can assist in addressing major global and regional water challenges, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and water security in the developing world, by integrating scientific knowledge from different disciplines, such as hydrological modelling, environmental economics, psychology and international law. Full list of contributors and Table of Contents

The book presents empirical assessments at the national, catchment and regional levels are used to critically appraise an ecosystem-service based approach, and the merits and potential limitations. The practicalities of this approach with regard to water resources management, nature conservation, and sustainable business practices are discussed, and the role of society in underpinning the concept of ecosystem services is explored.

Presenting new insights and perspectives on how to shape future strategies, this contributory volume is a valuable reference for researchers, academics, students and policy makers, in environmental studies, hydrology, water resource management, ecology, environmental law, policy and economics, and conservation biology.

The book starts by providing a practical definition of ecosystem services-based approaches that is used to articulate discussions in the individual chapters, which are organised as follows:

o   Part I Addressing global challenges places the focus into the assessment of ecosystem services through the discussion of a number of case studies across the world, showing the latest advances in the integration of biophysical quantification of ecosystem service delivery with valuation techniques.

o   Part II Applying frameworks for water management and biodiversity conservation under an ecosystem services-based approach looks at how the ecosystem services approach can help address major global challenges, such as climate change, food and energy supply and biodiversity loss at global and regional scales.

o   Part III Assessing water ecosystem services reflects the notion that ecosystem services is useful for water resources management, nature conservation and business, with a focus on the practicalities of the implementation of the approach.

o   Part IV Broadening the perspective looks at the deeper human dimension underpinning the ecosystem services notion from individuals to communities, discussing new insights regarding cultural ecosystem services, beliefs and emotions towards water ecosystem services and the role of community’s partnerships. This section also includes a reflection on the role of the ecosystem services approach in human rights and conflicts.


If you wish to take a closer look at the contents or order your copy of the book click here.

Discounts are available for multiple copies. Contact Carol.Kyle@hutton.ac.uk for further information