TESSA: A toolkit for rapid assessment of ecosystem services at sites of biodiversity conservation importance

Peh, K.S.H. and Balmforda, A. and Bradbury, R.B. and et al, . (2013) TESSA: A toolkit for rapid assessment of ecosystem services at sites of biodiversity conservation importance. Ecosystem Services. pp. 1-7.

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Sites that are important for biodiversity conservation can also provide significant benefits (i.e. ecosystem services) to people. Decision-makers need to know how change to a site, whether development or restoration, would affect the delivery of services and the distribution of any benefits among stakeholders. However, there are relatively few empirical studies that present this information. One reason is the lack of appropriate methods and tools for ecosystem service assessment that do not require substantial resources or specialist technical knowledge, or rely heavily upon existing data. Here we address this gap by describing the Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment (TESSA). It guides local non-specialists through a selection of relatively accessible methods for identifying which ecosystem services may be important at a site, and for evaluating the magnitude of benefits that people obtain from them currently, compared with those expected under alternative land-uses. The toolkit recommends use of existing data where appropriate and places emphasis on enabling users to collect new field data at relatively low cost and effort. By using TESSA, the users could also gain valuable information about the alternative land-uses; and data collected in the field could be incorporated into regular monitoring programmes.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This project was funded by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative(research Grant PFPA.GAAB),AXA research fund(research Grant PFZH/068), Swed Bio,UNEP-WCMC,RSPB,Anglia Ruskin University and Bird Life International through a Darwin Initiative Grant(18–005).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Climate regulation; Cultivated goods; Ecosystem-service tools; Harvested wild goods; Nature-based recreation; Water-related services
Author Affiliation: Conservation Science Group, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EJ, UK
Subjects: Atmosperic Science
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2013 10:48
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2013 10:48
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2013.06.003
URI: http://eprints.icrisat.ac.in/id/eprint/11431

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