Progress in Ecosystem Services: Key themes and key approaches

Authors: Angelica Valencia Torres*, University of North Texas, Chetan Tiwari, University of North Texas , Samuel F. Atkinson, University of North Texas
Topics: Sustainability Science, Environmental Science, Coupled Human and Natural Systems
Keywords: ecosystem services research, systematic review, biodiversity conservation, economic valuation
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/9/2021
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM
Room: Virtual 18
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The field of ecosystem services is of current importance since it furthers the understanding of the relationship between the ecosystem, natural capital, and human wellbeing. Although the field is progressing rapidly and researchers are increasingly incorporating the ecosystem service approach in their different areas of expertise, there is little guidance regarding how to begin research in this field. There are no systematic classification systems that have identified the different themes and approaches that are employed within ecosystem services research. Hence, this paper introduces a systematic review of key themes and approaches that have developed since the late seventies and identifies emerging and relevant areas of interest in the field. The analyses showed that “conservation of biodiversity” is one of the most active and cited key themes. Diverse key approaches/frameworks are used in the ecosystem services field. For instance, the economic approach showed the highest levels of activity and the “conceptual framework” was the most cited. This review paper is meant to provide guidance in ecosystem service research in order to better understand its progress and potential within other fields of research.

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