The challenges of linking ecosystem services to biodiversity : lessons from a large-scale freshwater study

Durance, Isabelle and Bruford, Michael W. and Chalmers, Rachel and Chappell, Nick A. and Christie, Mike and Cosby, B. Jack and Noble, David and Ormerod, Steve J. and Prosser, Havard and Weightman, Andrew and Woodward, Guy (2016) The challenges of linking ecosystem services to biodiversity : lessons from a large-scale freshwater study. In: Ecosystem services : from biodiversity to society, Part 2. Advances in Ecological Research . Elsevier, pp. 87-134. ISBN 9780081009789

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We explore some of the key challenges and opportunities that lie in assessing the role of freshwater biodiversity in sustaining ecosystem services, using the recent large interdisciplinary NERC-DURESS project ( as an exemplar case study of wider issues. The conceptual and methodological challenges raised are identified, explored and a range of methods are proposed to quantify how freshwater ecoservices, such as fish production or water quality regulation, depend on river organisms, and how we might identify biodiversity thresholds under which a service is likely to be compromised. We conclude that interdisciplinary, large scale, in situ approaches like these are needed to (i) fully understand how river biodiversity sustains ecosystem services; (ii) help evaluate if, where, and how the ecosystem approach can benefit long-term resource management and (iii) maximise impacts on policy, practice and decision making, which can be especially effective where strong ‘co-production’ partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders are developed and nurtured from a project's outset.

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