Ecosystem Services in Agricultural and Urban Landscapes

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  • Copyright: 2013-04-01
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Ecosystem services are the resources and processes supplied by natural ecosystems which benefit humankind (for example, pollination of crops by insects, or water filtration by wetlands). They underpin life on earth, provide major inputs to many economic sectors and support our lifestyles. Agricultural and urban areas are by far the largest users of ecosystems and their services and (for the first time) this book explores the role that ecosystem services play in these managed environments. The book also explores methods of evaluating ecosystem services, and discusses how these services can be maintained and enhanced in our farmlands and cities. This book will be useful to students and researchers from a variety of fields, including applied ecology, environmental economics, agriculture and forestry, and also to local and regional planners and policy makers.

Author Biography

Steve Wratten is Professor of Ecology at Lincoln University, New Zealand and Deputy Director of the Bio-Protection Research Centre there, one of the country’s Centres of Research Excellence. He has studied or worked at the universities of Reading, Glasgow, London, Cambridge and Southampton, UK. He holds three doctorates and is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. His research focuses on evaluating and enhancing ecosystem services in agriculture, especially the biological control of pests, pollination, and below-soil processes.

Harpinder Sandhu is a Research Fellow in the School of the Environment, Flinders University, South Australia. His research focuses on ecosystem services in managed landscapes. Harpinder also works on poverty-environment interactions in developing countries with their implications for equitable and sustainable development. He is also interested in land use and land cover change and its impact on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Ross Cullen has taught and researched at Lincoln University, New Zealand since 1991, as Professor of Resource Economics. He is an Editor of the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics. His current research focuses on management and evaluation of biodiversity projects, ecosystem services in agriculture and forestry, and public perceptions of the state of the environment.

Robert Costanza is Distinguished University Professor of Sustainability at Portland State University, USA. His transdisciplinary research integrates the study of humans and the rest of nature to address research, policy and management issues at multiple time and space scales, from small watersheds to global systems. He is co-founder and past-president of the International Society for Ecological Economics, and was chief editor of the society's journal, Ecological Economics from its inception in 1989 until 2002. He is founding editor-in-chief of Solutions (www.thesolutionsjournal.org) a new hybrid academic/popular journal.

Table of Contents


Steve Wratten, Harpinder Sandhu, Ross Cullen and Robert Costanza

Part A: Scene setting

Ch. 1. Ecosystem Services in Farmland and Cities      

Harpinder Sandhu and Steve Wratten

Ch. 2. Ecological processes, functions and ecosystem services: inextricable linkages between wetlands and agricultural systems

Onil Banerjee, Neville Crossman and RuDolf De Groot         

Ch. 3. Key ideas and concepts from economics for understanding the roles and value of ecosystem services

Pam Kaval and Ramesh Baskaran

Part B: Ecosystem Services in three settings

Ch. 4. Viticulture can be modified to provide multiple ecosystem services                            

Sofia Orre, Marco Jacometti, Jean Tompkins and Steve Wratten

Ch. 5. Aquaculture and Ecosystem Services: Reframing the Environmental and Social Debate         

Corinne Baulcomb      

Ch. 6. Urban landscapes and Ecosystem Services      

Jürgen Breuste, Dagmar Haase and Thomas Elmqvist           

Part C: Measuring and monitoring ecosystem services at multiple levels

Ch. 7. Scale dependent ecosystem service      

Yangjian  Zhang, Xiaoyong Yuan and Claus Holzapfel          

Ch.8. Experimental assessment of ecosystem services in agriculture  

Harpinder Sandhu, John Porter and Steve Wratten   

Part D: Designing ecological systems to deliver ecosystem services

Ch. 9. Towards Multifunctional Agricultural Landscapes for the Upper Midwest  Region of the USNick Jordan and Keith Warner  

Ch. 10. Supply chain management and the delivery of ecosystems services in manufacturing           

Maria Haropoulou, Clive Smallman, and Jack Radford

Ch. 11. Market Based Instruments and ecosystem services: opportunity and experience to date        

Stuart Whitten  and Anthea Coggan   

Epilogue: Equitable and sustainable systems  

Steve Wratten, Harpinder Sandhu, Ross Cullen and Robert Costanza


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