Framing the Flow: Innovative Approaches to Understand, Protect and Value Ecosystem Services Across Linked Habitats (2010)

Author: Silvestri, S., Kershaw, F. (eds.), UNEP-WCMC
Date Published: February 2010
ISBN: 978-92-807-3065-4
Framing the Flow: Innovative Approaches to Understand, Protect and Value Ecosystem Services Across Linked Habitats

This report provides a synthesis of the current state of knowledge regarding the natural capital of water related ecosystems and habitats, and offers an overview of the innovative approaches that can support the analysis of the links between interconnected ecosystems. It analyses the linkages across coastal ecosystems (seagrasses, mangroves, and coral reefs) and the ‘value added’ in terms of ecosystem services (benefits) provided by these linkages as opposed to the services provided by just one system studied in isolation. The linkages between ecosystems are examined under consideration of environmental, economic, management and social aspects and recommendations are provided for integrating this new paradigm into cross-sectoral environmental practices.