Mangroves in Ecuador: an application and comparison of ecosystem services valuation models

Mangroves in Ecuador: an application and comparison of ecosystem services valuation models

Primary Country: Ecuador
Ecosystem: mangrove
Sample Value Estimates:
Using two meta-analysis function transfers, Ecuadorian mangrove areas fully recovered to the 1969 level in 2032, are estimated to bring (a) $46,710,883 more value to fishery nursery and production; (b) $319,414,985 more value by protecting the coastal areas; and (c) $132,037,150 more value for carbon sequestration by avoiding potential harm done by extra carbon.
Methodology: benefit transfer; study examines 7 ecosystem services models and their applicatio to Ecuadorian mangrove data
Region: Americas
Data source: Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment

Publication information

Burgess, P. S. QinX. Li “Mangroves in Ecuador: an application and comparison of ecosystem services valuation models” Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, Masters' Project, 59 pp., 2015

Addtional Notes

 

 

"The InVEST model is a built-up framework, a set of equations modeling the amount of ecosystem services. However, it is cannot do “valuation” when there are no input values. Rather, it requires value as the input, and projects the distribution of the value provided onto the map. Co$ting Nature could provide only relative values and protection priorities, but no monetary values. Therefore, we conducted two meta-analysis function transfers to estimate the monetary values and provision of ecosystem services of Ecuadorian mangroves." 

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