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Social valuation of ecosystem services in mountain regions (special issue of REC)

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2016
Author Walz Ariane, Grêt-Regamey Adrienne, Lavorel Sandra,
Project Global Change and Mountain Regions: the Mountain Research Initiative Coordination Office
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Regional Environmental Change
Volume (Issue) 16(7)
Page(s) 1985 - 1987
Title of proceedings Regional Environmental Change
DOI 10.1007/s10113-016-1028-x

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Type of Open Access Publisher (Gold Open Access)


Mountain areas worldwide are considered critical regions for ecosystem services provision (Grêt-Regamey et al. 2012). The diverse mountain landscapes support a large variety of ecosystems services, such as energy, water, food, protection from natural hazards, and multiple cultural ecosystem services (Huber et al. 2013; Crouzat et al. 2015). They provide these services to people living in the mountain regions themselves and their neighbouring lowlands, as well as to people coming into the mountains, in particular to enjoy cultural ecosystem services, and generating income through tourism there. To sustainably manage mountain regions and their natural resources, the value of ecosystem services to the diverse beneficiaries needs to be understood and accounted for.