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dc.contributor.authorMaes, Joachim
dc.contributor.authorDriver, Amanda
dc.contributor.authorCzúcz, Bálint
dc.contributor.authorKeith, Heather
dc.contributor.authorJackson, Bethanna
dc.contributor.authorNicholson, Emily
dc.contributor.authorDasoo, Malik
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-27T01:36:28Z
dc.date.available2020-11-27T01:36:28Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifier.issn2367-8194en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.3897/oneeco.5.e53485en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/399719
dc.description.abstractEcosystem condition accounts are part of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting – Experimental Ecosystem Accounting (SEEA EEA). An ecosystem condition account contains aggregated statistical information about the overall abiotic and biotic quality of an ecosystem at a policy relevant spatial scale. This article reviews 23 publicly-accessible reports undertaken or commissioned by government agencies, academic and non-government organisations that discuss or present an ecosystem condition account. This analysis revealed that ecosystem condition is usually reported for one or more ecosystem types, but there is little consistency in the terminology used to define ecosystem types. All case studies report variables or indicators that measure specific ecosystem characteristics in order to make inferences about the overall condition of ecosystems. All studies included biotic indicators and almost all studies included species-based indicators in the condition account. The thematic aggregation of indicators into a single composite index (or in a few composite sub-indices) is not a standard practice, but applied in about half of the studies. The definition and use of a reference condition or reference levels for specific indicators against which the reported condition can be evaluated is not a standard practice, but was applied in about half of the studies. Based on this analysis, we suggest the revision of the SEEA EEA to propose a globally-consistent typology of ecosystem types; to recommend a list of ecosystem condition indicators according to an agreed classification; to provide further guidance on aggregation methods and on the development of an ecosystem condition index that can be used to compare ecosystem condition across ecosystem types and across different accounting areas; to provide further guidance on how best to set reference levels and reference conditions against which the past, current and future ecosystem condition can be assessed; and to propose a standard set of statistical tables for reporting the condition account.en_US
dc.publisherPensoft Publishersen_US
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrome53485en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalOne Ecosystemen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume5en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEnvironmental Sciencesen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode05en_US
dc.titleA review of ecosystem condition accounts: lessons learned and options for further developmenten_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC2 - Articles (Other)en_US
dcterms.bibliographicCitationMaes, J; Driver, A; Czúcz, B; Keith, H; Jackson, B; Nicholson, E; Dasoo, M, A review of ecosystem condition accounts: lessons learned and options for further development, One Ecosystem, 5, pp. e53485en_US
dcterms.licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en_US
dc.date.updated2020-11-27T01:33:46Z
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gro.rights.copyright© Maes J et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.en_US
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