Journal article

Advancing Systematic Conservation Planning for Ecosystem Services

Jaramar Villarreal-Rosas, Laura J Sonter, Rebecca K Runting, Sofia Lopez-Cubillos, Marie C Dade, Hugh P Possingham, Jonathan R Rhodes

Trends in Ecology & Evolution | ELSEVIER SCIENCE LONDON | Published : 2020


Conservation and sustainable management activities are critical for enhancing ecosystem services. Systematic conservation planning (SCP) is a spatial decision support process used to identify the most cost-effective places for intervention and is increasingly incorporating ecosystem services thinking. Yet, there is no clear guidance on how to incorporate ecosystem service components (i.e., supply, demand, and flow) for multiple beneficiaries into the decision problem underpinning SCP. As such, conservation plans may fall short of maximizing benefits for both people and nature. We propose a benefit-based approach to integrate ecosystem service components into SCP that uses the principles of d..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award


Awarded by ARC Discovery Project

Funding Acknowledgements

J.V.R. is supported by a University of Queensland Research Training Scholarship, University of Queensland AOU Top Up scholarship, and the Mexican National Council for Science and Technology. L.J.S. is supported by Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DE170100684). S.L. C. is supported by a doctoral fellowship award from COLCIENCIAS (No. 728), the University of Queensland Research Training program, and the high degree research top-up scholarship granted by the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED). H.P.P. was partially supported by an ARC Laureate Fellowship. This work was also partially supported by ARC Discovery Project DP130100218 to J.R.R.