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A new method for assessing river ecosystem services and its application to rivers in Scotland with and without nature conservation designations

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Andy Large


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Author(s): Keele V, Gilvear D, Large A, Tree A, Boon P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: River Research and Applications

Year: 2019

Issue: ePub ahead of Print

Pages: 19

Online publication date: 11/09/2019

Acceptance date: 02/08/2019

Date deposited: 07/10/2019

ISSN (print): 1535-1459

ISSN (electronic): 1535-1467

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


DOI: 10.1002/rra.3533

Notes: Based on a paired analysis, we describe a method for evaluating the potential of rivers with different physical characteristics to provide ecosystem services. Notable developments included the full integration of cultural ecosystem services alongside provisioning and regulating and supporting services. The four rivers with statutory nature conservation designations provided a greater range and typically higher ecosystem service scores than those with little or no designation, a result that has significant implications for river conservation and for framing catchment-level conservation policy.


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