Coastal ecosystem–based management with nonlinear ecological functions and values

Barbier, Edward B, Koch, Evamaria W., Silliman, Brian R., Hacker, Sally D., Wolanski, Eric, Primavera, Jurgenne, Granek, Elise F., Polasky, Stephen, Aswani, Shankar, Cramer , Lori A., Stoms, David M., Kennedy, Chris J., Bael, David, Kappel, Carrie V., Perillo, Gerardo M.E., and Reed, Denise J. (2008) Coastal ecosystem–based management with nonlinear ecological functions and values. Science, 319. pp. 321-323.

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Abstract

A common assumption is that ecosystem services respond linearly to changes in habitat size. This assumption leads frequently to an "all or none" choice of either preserving coastal habitats or converting them to human use. However, our survey of wave attenuation data from field studies of mangroves, salt marshes, seagrass beds, nearshore coral reefs, and sand dunes reveals that these relationships are rarely linear. By incorporating nonlinear wave attenuation in estimating coastal protection values of mangroves in Thailand, we show that the optimal land use option may instead be the integration of development and conservation consistent with ecosystem-based management goals. This result suggests that reconciling competing demands on coastal habitats should not always result in stark preservation-versus-conversion choices.

Item ID: 8797
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1095-9203
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2010 23:59
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050102 Ecosystem Function @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960903 Coastal and Estuarine Water Management @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments @ 50%
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