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Ecosystem Service Indicators and Classification in the Venetian Lagoon

which ecosystem service classification and set of indicators is most appropriate to the assessment of ecosystem services in the Venetian Lagoon?

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Ecosystem Service Indicators and Classification in the Venetian Lagoon

which ecosystem service classification and set of indicators is most appropriate to the assessment of ecosystem services in the Venetian Lagoon?

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Samenvatting

The Venetian Lagoon is a complex human-environmental system and the ecosystem service approach is used to analyse systems like these. Nonetheless, the approach is sometimes not applied very clearly in other studies. The ecosystem service cascade concept was used to address this unclear use and to create a clear structure to assess the ecosystem. The main problem within literature is that there are what the cascade concept describes as ecosystem function, service and benefit. Studies that do not take the cascade concept into account sometimes indicate the service, while in reality indicating the function or a benefit. This creates a problematic situation in which assessments of ESS are blurred and clear communication consequentially becomes difficult.
Within this research, taking the cascade concept into account, the main question was: Which Ecosystem service classification and set of indicators is most appropriate to the assessment of Ecosystem services in the Venetian Lagoon? After analysis it was concluded that the classification, as proposed by Böhnke-Henrichs et al. (2013) is the most appropriate for assessing Ecosystem Services in the Venetian Lagoon. On that base a small case study on the Venetian Lagoon was executed, assessing the ecosystem service food production, with a focus on clam production. The ecosystem function, number of juvenile clams, and service, potential clam harvest per m² have been mapped, while the benefit step has been visualized in the form of a diagram.
It was found that ecosystem function, service and benefit are physically removed from each other. The management implications are that attention has to be paid to ecosystem function, service and benefit. It is recommended that, in an assessment like this, the indicators must be adapted on a case-to-case basis for each individual ecosystem service. Indicators are most appropriate when they are highly adapted to and carry the relevance of the locale of the Venetian Lagoon, or any other assessed locale. It was also noticed that the outcome of the analysis cannot, as in this research, or must not always be a map.

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OrganisatieHZ University of Applied Sciences
OpleidingWatermanagement/ Deltamanagement
AfdelingDelta Academy
Domein Technology, Water & Environment
PartnerCa’ Foscari University, Venice
Datum2015-08-27
TypeBachelor
TaalEngels

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