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Title: Studying the historical evolution of ecosystem services to inform management policies for developed shorelines
Authors: Santana-Cordero, Aarón M.
Ariza, Eduard
Romagosa, Francesc
UNESCO Clasification: 250507 Geografía física
2510 Oceanografía
Keywords: Beach-dune system
Coniferous forest
Ecosystem services
Historical analysis
Llobregat delta, et al
Issue Date: 2016
Journal: Environmental Science and Policy 
Abstract: Coastal areas of developed countries have been altered by human activities, especially since the mid-20th century. This has notably affected the flow of ecosystem services that these environments provide. In this context, this paper's research has focused on the historical evolution of socio-ecological dynamics and ecosystem services in a Mediterranean coastal landscape, characterized by the intense development of recent decades and the high biodiversity value. Qualitative and quantitative data were gathered and analyzed through different methods (document and spatial analysis, statistical treatment). Results show the long history of many ecosystem services (increase/decrease in food provisioning, stabilization/decline of regulating services and no use/intense use of cultural services) and their decline in recent decades due to industrial and residential development (which expanded from 1.7 to 47.5%). To overcome this situation, this paper discusses the current state of ecosystem services and conservation tasks carried out and how the results of the research can be included in the different elements of the governance of shoreline areas.
ISSN: 1462-9011
DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2016.06.002
Source: Environmental Science and Policy [ISSN 1462-9011], v. 64, p. 18-29
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