Landscape Ecology

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 181–186 | Cite as

Ecosystem services in changing landscapes: An introduction

  • Louis Iverson
  • Cristian Echeverria
  • Laura Nahuelhual
  • Sandra Luque
Editorial

Abstract

The concept of ecosystem services from landscapes is rapidly gaining momentum as a language to communicate values and benefits to scientists and lay alike. Landscape ecology has an enormous contribution to make to this field, and one could argue, uniquely so. Tools developed or adapted for landscape ecology are being increasingly used to assist with the quantification, modelling, mapping, and valuing of ecosystem services. Several of these tools and methods encased therein are described among the eleven papers presented in this special issue, and their application has the potential to facilitate the management and promotion of services within ecosystems. Papers are associated with each of the four key categories of services that ecosystems provide to humans: supporting, provisioning, regulating, and cultural. The papers represent work conducted in eleven different countries, especially from South America. Each carries a unique approach to address a particular question pertaining to a particular set of ecosystem services. These studies are designed to inform and improve the economic, environmental and social values of the ecosystem services. This knowledge should help to develop new management alternatives for sustaining and planning ecosystems and the services they provide at different scales in space and time. We believe that these papers will create interest and inform management of some potential methods to evaluate ecosystem services at the landscape level with an integrative approach, offering new tools for management and conservation.

Keywords

Landscape ecology Ecosystem services Provisioning Supporting Regulating Cultural South America Planning IUFRO-LE 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Louis Iverson
    • 1
  • Cristian Echeverria
    • 2
  • Laura Nahuelhual
    • 3
    • 4
  • Sandra Luque
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.US Forest ServiceDelawareUSA
  2. 2.Laboratorio de Ecología de Paisaje, Facultad de Ciencias ForestalesUniversidad de ConcepciónConcepciónChile
  3. 3.Instituto de Economía AgrariaUniversidad Austral de ChileValdiviaChile
  4. 4.Center for Climate and Resilience ResearchUniversidad Austral de ChileValdiviaChile
  5. 5.IRSTEA, National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and AgricultureClermont-FerrandFrance
  6. 6.Department of Geography and Sustainable DevelopmentUniversity of St AndrewsSt. AndrewsUK

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