Ecosystem service supply by European landscapes under alternative land-use and environmental policies

Maud A. Mouchet*, Carlo Rega, Rémy Lasseur, Damien Georges, Maria Luisa Paracchini, Julien Renaud, Julia Stürck, Catharina J.E. Schulp, Peter H. Verburg, Pieter Johannes Verkerk, Sandra Lavorel

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Abstract

The European Union (EU) 2020 Biodiversity strategy aims at guaranteeing and enhancing the future supply of ecosystem services (‘ES’) in the member states. In an ex-ante assessment of plausible environmental policies, we projected the supply of 10 ES under 3 policy alternatives of land-use change (‘Nature Protection’, ‘Payment for carbon sequestration’ and ‘Payment for recreational services’) in the 27 EU member states (EU27). We assessed changes in supply of individual services across administrative units (at the NUTS-2 and EU27 levels) as well as bundles (at the EU27 level) between 2010 and 2040. Results show that the policy options only marginally affected ES bundles but several services could change substantially at the EU27 level (e.g. energy content from agricultural production and pollination). Wood supply, carbon sequestration and moderation of wind disturbance responded very differently across policy alternatives. At the NUTS-2 level, biocontrol of pests, carbon sequestration, moderation of wind disturbance and wood supply showed the most contrasted deviation from their regional supply in 2010. Finally, while payments for carbon sequestration benefited carbon sequestration as expected, specific payments for recreation services failed to promote them. Our analyses suggest that protecting nature appeared to be the best way of fostering ES supply within Europe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystems Services and Management
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 12 Oct 2017

Keywords

  • Bundles
  • Europe
  • ecosystem services
  • land-use change
  • nature protection
  • payments for ecosystem services
  • policy alternative
  • supply

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