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An assessment of the non-market value of the ecosystem services provided by the Catalan coastal zone, Spain

AuthorsBrenner, Jorge; Jiménez-Quintana, José Antonio; Sardá, Rafael ; Garola, Alvar
Issue Date2010
CitationOcean and Coastal Management 53 : 27-38 (2010)
AbstractA spatial value transfer analysis was performed to generate baseline estimates of the value of ecosystem services in the coastal zone of Catalonia, Spain. The study used the best available conceptual frameworks, data sources, and analytical techniques to generate non-market monetary value estimates that can be used to identify scarce ecosystem services among competing coastal uses. The approach focused on natural and seminatural, terrestrial and marine systems, which provide essential services that are not considered in current economic markets. Results show that in 2004 a substantial economic value of $3,195 million USD/yr was delivered to local citizens by surrounding ecosystems. In a spatially explicit manner, the approach illustrates the contribution made by natural environmental systems to the well being of communities in the coastal zone of Catalonia. It is hoped that this study will highlight the need to consider these coastal systems in future management strategies to ensure their proper maintenance and conservation.
Publisher version (URL)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2009.10.008
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