Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 24, Issue 13, pp 12144–12154 | Cite as

Integrating ecosystem services in terrestrial conservation planning

  • Mei-Hua Yuan
  • Shang-Lien LoEmail author
  • Chih-Kai Yang
Research Article


The purpose of this study is to estimate the benefits of ecosystem services for prioritization of land use conservation and to highlight the importance of ecosystem services by comparison between ecosystem service value and green GDP accounting. Based on land use pattern and benefit transfer method, this research estimated value of ecosystem services in Taiwan. Scientific information of land use and land cover change is accessed through multi-year satellite imagery moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer (MODIS), and geographic information system (GIS) technology. Combined with benefit transfer method, this research estimated the ecosystem service valuation of forest, grassland, cropland, wetland, water, and urban for the period of 2000 to 2015 in Taiwan. It is found that forest made the greatest contribution and the significant increasing area of wetland has huge potential benefit for environmental conservation in Taiwan. We recommend placing maintaining wetland ecosystem in Taiwan with higher priority. This research also compared ecosystem service value with natural capital consumption which would essentially facilitate policy makers to understand the relationship between benefits gained from natural capital and the loss from human-made capital.


Ecosystem services Spatial and temporal variations Remote sensing Satellite methods Geographic information system Green GDP 



This research was supported by the National Science Council (NSC) of Taiwan (No. 105-2627-M-002-038).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate Institute of Environmental EngineeringNational Taiwan UniversityTaipeiRepublic of China

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