Mapping monetary values of ecosystem services in support of developing ecosystem accounts

This study examines how ecosystem services can be valued and mapped, in this case in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Four provisioning services (timber, palm oil, rattan and rice), one regulating service (carbon sequestration) and two cultural services (nature recreation and wildlife habitat) were considered and their valuation and mapping aligned with national accounting principles. Two valuation approaches are applied: resource cost-effectiveness and costs.

This study also shows how spatial analysis of ecosystem accounting can support land-use planning through a holistic analysis of value trade-offs of land conversion, ecosystem accounting, including monetary valuation of flujos of ecosystem services and ecosystem assets, once fully developed and standardised. This is a very promising approach to support more sustainable and efficient ecosystem management.

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