The value of aquatic ecosystem services for decision making


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The key objectives of the project are
a)To develop and illustrate a framework for taking the values related to aquatic ecosystem services into account in decision making
b)To analyse the links between water ecosystem services and human well-being
c)To estimate the monetary and non-monetary values of ecosystem services from Finnish water bodies
d)To improve science-policy dialogue


Alternative frameworks to integrate value information in decision making. The cost-benefit analysis and Bayesian framework for costs and benefits are used and compared. We evaluate health effects and cultural ecosystem services from aquatic ecosystems. We report new approaches to take these benefits, challenging to measure, into account in decision making. We develops the methods to integrate the spatial aspects of aquatic ecosystems with their welfare measures.