Brander, Luke M. Ghermandi, Andrea Kuik, Onno Markandya, Anil Nunes, Paulo A. L. D. Schaafsma, Marije Wagtendonk, Alfred
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Nota di lavoro // Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei: Sustainable development 2010,41
The approach of using existing data on economic values of local ecosystem services for an assessment of these values at a larger geographical scale can be called 'scaling up'. In a scaling-up exercise, economic values from a particular study site are transferred to another geographical setting, for instance to the regional, national or global scale. This paper proposes a methodology for scaling up ecosystem service values to a European level, assesses the availability of data for conducting this method, and illustrates the procedure with a case study on wetland values. The proposed methodology makes use of meta-analysis to produce a value function that is subsequently applied to individual European wetland sites. Site-specific, study-specific and context-specific variables are used to define a price vector that captures differences between sites and over time. The proposed method is shown to be practicable and to produce reasonably reliable aggregate value estimates.
Ecosystem Services Value Transfer Meta-Analysis Wetland Values