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Ecosystem services provided by a complex coastal region: challenges of classification and mapping
Sousa, L.P.; Sousa, A.I.; Alves, F.L.; Lillebø, A.I. (2016). Ecosystem services provided by a complex coastal region: challenges of classification and mapping. NPG Scientific Reports 6(22782 ): 14 pp. http://hdl.handle.net/10.1038/srep22782
In: Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group). Nature Publishing Group: London. ISSN 2045-2322, more
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  • Sousa, L.P.
  • Sousa, A.I.
  • Alves, F.L.
  • Lillebø, A.I.

Abstract
    A variety of ecosystem services classification systems and mapping approaches are available in the scientific and technical literature, which needs to be selected and adapted when applied to complex territories (e.g. in the interface between water and land, estuary and sea). This paper provides a framework for addressing ecosystem services in complex coastal regions. The roadmap comprises the definition of the exact geographic boundaries of the study area; the use of CICES (Common International Classification of Ecosystem Services) for ecosystem services identification and classification; and the definition of qualitative indicators that will serve as basis to map the ecosystem services. Due to its complexity, the Ria de Aveiro coastal region was selected as case study, presenting an opportunity to explore the application of such approaches at a regional scale. The main challenges of implementing the proposed roadmap, together with its advantages are discussed in this research. The results highlight the importance of considering both the connectivity of natural systems and the complexity of the governance framework; the flexibility and robustness, but also the challenges when applying CICES at regional scale; and the challenges regarding ecosystem services mapping.

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