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From explanation to application: introducing a practice-oriented ecosystem services evaluation (PRESET) model adapted to the context of landscape planning and management

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The development and use of the conceptual framework of ecosystem services (ES) has been very successful in supporting the broad diffusion and application of ES within science and policy communities. However, most of the currently proposed interpretations of the framework neither correlate to environmental planning nor to decision-making contexts at the local and regional scale, which is a potential reason for the slow adoption and practice of the ES conceptual framework. This paper proposes a practice-oriented ES evaluation (PRESET) model specifically adapted to the requirements of local and regional planning and decision-making contexts, and discusses its potential benefits and implications for practice. Through the usage of PRESET we suggest making a distinction between ‘offered ES’, ‘utilized ES’, ‘human input’, and ‘ES benefits’ as relevant information for decision-making. Furthermore, we consider it important to link these decision-support categories to different value dimensions relevant in planning and management practice. PRESET provides guidance to inject the ES concept into planning, but needs to be implemented together with concrete assessment methods, indicators and data. The planning strategic benefits of using PRESET include its reference to existing legislative objectives, avoiding the risk that monetized ES values might dominate decision-making, clarification of human contributions, and easier identification of land use conflicts and synergies. Examples are given for offered and utilized ES, as well as for respective evaluation approaches and instruments of implementation.

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Acknowledgments

We thank the participants of workshops of the project “Naturkapital Deutschland - TEEB-DE”, funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), for discussions of earlier drafts. In particular, we thank Dr. Schweppe-Kraft for very useful contributions to the conceptual discussion. Further support was provided by Leibniz Universität for the QUANTIFY project. We would like to thank Louise von Falkenhayn for polishing the language of the paper. Christoffer Lange-Kabitz provided assistance in the revision—his help is also gratefully acknowledged. Finally, we thank the two reviewers who contributed to the final version of article to an extraordinary extent by a very comprehensive discussion of the model and by extremely helpful and detailed comments.

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von Haaren, C., Albert, C., Barkmann, J. et al. From explanation to application: introducing a practice-oriented ecosystem services evaluation (PRESET) model adapted to the context of landscape planning and management. Landscape Ecol 29, 1335–1346 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10980-014-0084-1

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Keywords

  • Regional planning
  • Landscape planning
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecosystem services
  • Communication
  • Implementation