The measurement of ecosystem services
Special Issue on Ecosystem Services (part 3)
This report is part 3 in a special issue on the role of ecosystem services thinking and methods in measuring, better understanding and tracking progress towards the goals of Māori cultural well-being and survival. In this report we seek to explore different approaches to the measurement of ecosystem services in a way that builds on attempts to define ecosystem services in report part 2 and then looks at how measurement information can be practically applied. We explore both physical and value-based approaches to the measurement of ecosystem services as a basis for looking at (i) the role of valuation in decision making, (ii) the limitations of valuation method, and (iii) the likely role of comparative valuation activities in the time of our tūpuna (transl. ancestors). Finally, we reflect on the relevance of market-based ecosystem services valuation method as a contribution towards the goal of Māori cultural survival.
Reference and download link
Cole, A. O. me ōna tūpuna and Cole, E. E. (2018) Special issue on ecosystem services thinking and methods (part 3/6) – The measurement of ecosystem services. Kōrero Māori report 7, Tauranga, New Zealand: iPansophy Limited Digital Publishing. [Download]