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Lilla Böslid Integrated Buffer Zone: Methods for assessing the value of ecosystem services
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Ecotechnology and Sustainable Building Engineering.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis has investigated which methods for assessing the value of ecosystem services would be suitable for evaluating and assessing a constructed wetland concept. The actual valuation being a future subject to the result of the study required a clear identification of ecosystems at the site, possibly by using a well-established tool. It would also require practical and reliable methods to value ecosystem services. The site under study, an Integrated Buffer Zone (IBZ) in Lilla Böslid, Sweden, was constructed to capture excess nutrients leaking from agricultural land into the streams ending up in the ocean causing eutrophication, which could have critical effects on biodiversity as well as the ecosystem services that are provided by the ocean and its marine lifeforms.

The IBZ site would capture run-off water, rich in Phosphorus and Nitrogen from the agricultural land and utilize them for growing timber through sedimentation and infiltration, before entering the water course leading to open water bodies. Services derived from the IBZ site have in this thesis been identified as a first step. This mapping of ESS could in the future be developed further by using the European Union’s CICES tool for identifying or assessing ESS.

 

This thesis has focused on finding methods that will measure the value of ecosystem services in currency, based on case-studies, using primary data and most importantly can measure all values derived from Lilla Böslid IBZ site, even though some of the services lack an actual market price.

This thesis has shown that market price method, stated preference methods and cost-based methods could be used as a combination for a comprehensive valuation. A recommendation of further work and re-search has been proposed as well as a direct suggestion to what methods could be suitable to use for this specific purpose.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 44 p.
Keyword [en]
ecosystem services, constructed wetland, integrated buffer zone, eutrophication, baltic sea, assessing ecosystem value
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Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-25231OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-25231DiVA: diva2:824824
Subject / course
Environmental Science MV1
Educational program
Eco Entrepreneur for Sustainable Development NEKEG 180 higher education credits
Presentation
2015-06-01, Q 221, Hus Q; Kunskapens väg 8, 83125 Östersund, 16:50 (English)
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Available from: 2015-07-13 Created: 2015-06-22 Last updated: 2015-07-13Bibliographically approved

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