Ecosystem service trends in basin-scale restoration initiatives: A review

This study reviewed the global trends in integrating ecosystem services in basin-scale restoration projects through bibliographic analysis. Few studies appear to incorporate ecosystem services, possibly due to the inconsistency and absence of the use of universally accepted classifications.

This study highlights the identification of opportunities by integrating ecosystem services into restoration projects at the basin scale, based on a conceptual framework with hierarchical maps. This is based on the congruence between degradation processes or hazard maps and ecosystem service maps. The resulting map will facilitate targeting the provision of threatened services at different scales, from the watershed scale to the restoration site scale. The researchers urge the scientific community to standardise definitions and create methodologies and software tools that facilitate the incorporation of ecosystem services into large-scale restoration plans.

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