WIT Press


Approaches To The Accounting Of Ecosystem Services In The Economic Assessment Of Land Degradation

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SDP160171

Volume

210

Pages

11

Page Range

195 - 205

Published

2017

Size

1,132 kb

Author(s)

E. V. Tsvetnov, O. A. Makarov, E. V. Bondarenko, Y. R. Ermiyaev

Abstract

Degradation of soils causes degradation of the entire landscape and decreases the quality of human life. Economic evaluation of causes and consequences of soil degradation is very important for the creation of an optimal land management algorithm. Nowadays, we should include loss of a wide range of ecosystem (soil and land) services in the assessment of land degradation damage cost. Within the conducted research the scheme, allowing us to determine the entire possible range of soil services was proposed. Also the criteria for the selection of a sufficient set of services in each evaluation case were developed. It was suggested that there are 3 generalized criteria for economic interpretation of ecosystem services. It was shown that the damage calculated only on the basis of a recultivation budget is much lower than damage, which includes the valuation of lost ecosystem services.

Keywords

soil, land degradation, ecosystem services